Former Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde expected to sign with Browns

Hyde and seek Browns sign former 49ers back
We examine what Carlos Hyde’s signing means for the Browns

Dynasty Hyde and seek Browns sign former 49ers back We examine what Carlos Hyde’s signing means for the Browns

Hyde's arrival in Cleveland does not completely preclude the Browns from taking Barkley in the draft, but it certainly is reasonable to suggest Hyde's presence shifts their focus toward selecting a quarterback with the first-overall pick.

Hyde, 27, is a former Ohio State standout and Cincinnati native, averaging a school-best yards per carry average in his Buckeye career (6.1), a single season (7.3 in 2013) and a game (10.2 against IL in 2013). He also saw a lot more action off short passes, resulting in career high targets (88), receptions (59), receiving yards (350), and receiving yards per game average (21.9).

Throw in the fact the Niners have Matt Breida and Joe Williams-a fourth-round draft pick who had a season-ending ankle injury as a rookie-and it's little surprise the team opted against re-signing Hyde. But Barkley is widely regarded as the best player in the draft, and Browns GM John Dorsey has consistently said he'll take the best player available. Hyde's addition to go with Duke Johnson might mean the Browns would look away from Barkley, but the source said that is not the case. Among those joining the team are quarterback Tyrod Taylor, receiver Jarvis Landry, offensive linemen Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson, defensive lineman Chris Smith and defensive backs Damarious Randall and Terrance Mitchell.

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In a separate deal, Former Lions TE Darren Fells plans to sign three-year, $12 million deal with the Browns, sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano.

He rushed for 988 yards on 217 carries in 2016 and 940 yards on 240 carries in 2017. Crowell is a tick better in the passing game as he averages eight yards per catch versus 5.8 for Hyde. Originally a second-round choice in 2014, Hyde said repeatedly during the season that he hoped to remain with the only National Football League team he'd ever played for.

The 49ers negotiated with Hyde throughout the season but the two sides never came to an agreement. Hyde has 2,729 yards rushing on 655 carries and 109 receptions for 634 yards in four seasons.

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