Kareem Hunt could still have a chance to salvage his career.
During their Monday media address, Bears coach Matt Nagy and general manager Ryan Pace left the door open for the suspended running back, who is being investigated by the NFL for three separate violent incidents that occurred in the past year.
While Pace said the team is “not even close to that point,” he confirmed he spoke with Hunt on the phone last week.
“We had a good conversation,” Nagy said. “Here’s a kid that I spent a year coaching on offense. It’s a tough situation. I wanted to make sure that he’s OK but understanding, too, that the situation that happened is unfortunate for everybody. He knows that.
“So the only thing I cared about when I talked to him was literally his personal life, and it was a good conversation. He sounded good. That’s it.”
Hunt was released by the Chiefs on Nov. 30 after video emerged of him shoving and kicking a woman at a Cleveland hotel in February. It later was revealed he allegedly punched a man in the face in June and attacked a man at a nightclub in January.
“Obviously there’s a lot of things off the field that he’s got to take care of,” Pace said, adding he was “raised to give guys second chances, not third chances.”
Hunt became a free agent last month and faces more than the baseline six-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.