Carlos Hyde to sign three-year deal with Browns


Hyde (6-0, 235) was drafted by 49ers in the second round of the 2014 draft and spent the first four years of his career there. The closest he came was 988 in 2016 when he missed three games with various injuries. Browns coach Hue Jackson has a background as a running backs coach. Hyde is getting starters' money, as is Jerick McKinnon, who agreed to a four-year, $30 million deal with the 49ers. The 49ers have nine picks, including No. 9 and 59 overall in the first two rounds, and two picks in Round 3.

Interestingly enough, Hyde and Crowell have put up nearly identical numbers since entering the league in 2014 as they both have averaged 4.2 yards per carry and have rushed for 21 touchdowns each. However, the agreement to sign Hyde does not eliminate Saquon Barkley from the Browns' draft board, according to a league source familiar with the team's thinking. He also finished the year with 1,151 total offensive yards good for nine total touchdowns (another career-high). The Browns also traded DT Danny Shelton and a 2018 fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for the Patriots' 2018 third-round pick. McKinnon was with the Vikings when Pat Shurmur was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota.

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While Hyde signing has taken up a spot at the running back position, reports have stated that he does not eliminate the possibility of Cleveland using one of their first two picks in the first round of the draft to take Barkley. The earlier offseason addition of Tyrod Taylor at quarterback along with the Hyde signing makes it seem like the Browns are committed to running the kind of zone read, run-option offense that best fits Taylor's style.

The Indians have since reached a World Series and the Cavs have won an National Basketball Association championship, but the Browns went 0-16 last season and have won just a single game over the past two campaigns.