Rocky River police found small amounts of marijuana after stopping Browns running back Kareem Hunt for speeding Tuesday afternoon on I-90 west, according to the incident report.
Hunt was cited for speeding but not the marijuana and was sent on his way. Lt. George Lichman, Rocky River’s public information officer, told The Chronicle-Telegram police could still seek a drug charge but it’s highly unlikely.
Hunt, 24, was pulled over at 12:24 p.m., and the officer smelled marijuana coming from the car, according to the report. The vehicle was searched while Hunt was placed in the backseat of the police cruiser.
Trace amounts of marijuana were found in three spots in a backpack located in the backseat. The marijuana was seized for evidence.
A Browns spokesman said the team is aware of the incident and gathering more information.
“We are aware of the matter but will decline further comment,” an NFL spokesman wrote in an email Friday.
Hunt was suspended for the first eight games of the 2019 season by the NFL after two off-field altercations, including one in which he shoved and kicked a woman. He was cut by the Chiefs on Nov. 30, 2018, after video of the incident with the woman was released.
Hunt, who was alone, was clocked going 77 mph in a 60 mph zone near the Hilliard Boulevard exit. Patrolman Michael Asbury made the stop, and Lichman described Hunt as “polite, cooperative and a gentleman.”
Hunt was raised in Elyria before moving to the east side and attending Willoughby South High School. He was signed by the Browns on Feb. 11 to a one-year contract.
Hunt rushed 43 times for 179 yards and two touchdowns and caught 37 passes for 285 yards and a touchdown.
He’s scheduled to be a restricted free agent when the league year starts in March.
A GIANTS REUNION?
Former Giants coach Ben McAdoo was at Browns headquarters Friday interviewing for a position on new coach Kevin’s Stefanski’s offensive staff, a league source confirmed.
Stefanski hasn’t hired a coordinator or quarterbacks coach, and it was unclear what role McAdoo interviewed for with the Browns.
McAdoo was offensive coordinator with the Giants in 2014-15 then became head coach. He went 11-5 and reached the playoffs his first season in charge but was fired after going 2-10 the next year.
The addition of McAdoo would give Stefanski — a first-time head coach — someone else with head coaching experience on his staff. Bill Callahan was hired as offensive line coach.
McAdoo has a long history with receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who was drafted by the Giants in 2014. Beckham was AP Offensive Rookie of the Year, catching 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, and set numerous records during his first three years.
He also had behavioral issues.
“I learned I need to handle players, and work with players, better,” McAdoo told NBC’s Peter King in July 2018. “Take Odell Beckham Jr. I needed to be better for him personally, as a coordinator and head coach. I was too busy trying to scheme ways to get him the ball, especially early in my time in New York, that I didn’t step back and see the big picture the way I should have.
“Odell’s so passionate, and cares so much, and that emotion hurts him at times on gameday. I should have seen my job with Odell was more than simply X’s and O’s, it was also helping Odell the person. He is not only a generational talent, but also bright and well-read, and I let him down early in his career. I will not make that mistake again.”
McAdoo was Aaron Rodgers’ quarterbacks coach in 2012-13 with the Packers.
Drew Petzing was hired as tight ends coach, a source confirmed. The Browns haven’t officially announced any staff moves.
Petzing was Vikings receivers coach in 2019, working under Stefanski, who was coordinator. Petzing spent the previous five years as an offensive assistant with the Vikings, working with quarterbacks, receivers and running backs.
He was a football operations intern with the Browns in 2013.