Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Browns agree to terms with RB Carlos Hyde

Browns agree to terms with RB Carlos Hyde

Originally drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2014 with the No. 57 overall pick, the running back out of Ohio State had a rough few seasons to start his National Football League career, seeing three different head coaches in his first four years.

A day after learning that running back Isaiah Crowell intends to sign with the New York Jets, news broke Wednesday morning that the Cleveland Browns have agreed on a three-year deal with running back Carlos Hyde.

Hyde, who joined the 49ers as a second-round pick in 2014, is coming off a 16-start season that saw him run 240 times for 938 yards and eight touchdowns. What does that mean for Barkley's draft stock? Even in a standard format, 13 of the top 15 running backs totaled at least 269 yards through the air.

Barkley, ranked the best player in the draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., has been in the Browns' discussions - especially after he impressed at the combine.

The Browns have the first and fourth picks in the draft and are expected to take a quarterback with one of the picks. He also added 59 receptions for 350 yards through the air and fumbled only once all season. Last year was the first year of his four-year career that he did not average four yards per carry, as he averaged 3.9 yards per carry.

While Barkley certainly seems like a ideal fit, many have expected that he would be drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns.

Hue Jackson surrendering play calling duties was a good sign for the Browns this offseason.

Hyde finished his time in Santa Clara with 655 rushes for 2,729 yards. Grabbing Barkley with the first-overall pick would only push Johnson further down the ladder, and bringing on Hyde almost solidifies the claim that they will be addressing another position of need in the draft. He also caught 54 passes for 632 yards and three touchdowns.

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