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Free-agent RB Kareem Hunt visiting Saints

In light of Alvin Kamara's three-game suspension, the New Orleans Saints are checking out a veteran running back.

Kareem Hunt is set to visit the Saints, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday, per a source.

ESPN first reported the visit.

Hunt spent the past four seasons in Cleveland, generating 1,874 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in 49 games. However, he's coming off a career-low 3.8 yards per carry in 17 games in 2022, during which he appeared to lose some of his burst.

The Saints are in the market for running back depth following Kamara's three-game ban for violating the league's personal conduct policy, stemming from a February 2022 battery arrest in Las Vegas. Kamara pleaded no contest to a charge of breach of peace last month.

New Orleans also lost running back Eno Benjamin to a ruptured Achilles tendon on Saturday.

The Saints' running back room currently boasts free-agent acquisition Jamaal Williams, third-round pick Kendre Miller and undrafted free agent Ellis Merriweather.

Hunt would be an interesting addition in New Orleans, but, if signed, would likely be RB3 at best once Kamara returns in Week 4.

Hunt isn't the only veteran the Saints are working out this week.

The club also has veteran linebacker Anthony Barr in town, NFL Network Insider Mike Garafolo reported Monday. New Orleans is thin at the LB position behind Demario Davis (currently dealing with a calf injury) and Pete Werner.

After eight seasons in Minnesota, Barr spent 2022 with the Dallas Cowboys, earning 58 tackles, two fumble recoveries and one sack in 14 games.

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