Carlos Hyde: Headed to Cleveland
Hyde agreed to terms Wednesday with the Browns on a three-year, $15 million contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The 49ers had reached out to Hyde about a possible extension earlier this month, but after those talks stalled out, the running back hit the open market and didn't take long to find a suitor. With Cleveland's top back from last season, Isaiah Crowell, headed to the Jets, Hyde is projected to handle most of the early-down work for his new team, while Duke Johnson earns most of the reps out of the backfield on passing downs. Hyde saw his efficiency drop to 3.9 yards per carry last season, though he made up for it to some extent with a career-best eight scores on the ground. According to ESPN. the Browns' signing of Hyde won't result in the team eliminating Penn State's Saquon Barkley, the consensus top running-back prospect in the 2018 NFL Draft, from their draft board. The Browns hold the Nos. 1 and 4 overall picks in April.
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