Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Browns to sign former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde

Browns to sign former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde

The Giants also added a running back Tuesday, signing Jonathan Stewart to a two-year deal worth $6.9 million, with $2.95 million guaranteed, but his move actually increases the likelihood the Giants take Barkley, considered by many the most talented player in this draft.

The 2017 season was equal parts encouraging and discouraging for Hyde with the San Francisco 49ers. That helped him gain a career-high 1,288 yards from scrimmage.

Hyde was healthy for a full 16-game schedule for the first time in 2017 leading to the most productive season of his career.

At Ohio State, Hyde rushed four 3,198 yards and 37 touchdowns on 523 carries in four seasons. Even in a standard format, 13 of the top 15 running backs totaled at least 269 yards through the air.

Hyde played high school football at Naples High in Florida.

The 49ers clearly view McKinnon (5-9, 205) as a better fit for head coach Kyle Shanahan's scheme.

The Packers released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver and an Aaron Rodgers favorite, Jordy Nelson, after he spent ten seasons with the team.

An Ohio native is returning to the Buckeye state.

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

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.

Whereas San Francisco shouldn't regret letting Hyde go, he should serve an important role in Cleveland's backfield, and he was one of the best upgrades the Browns could've made to their running game in free agency.

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.

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