Cleveland Browns to sign former Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde

Paola Ditto
Marzo 14, 2018

Hyde was one of the more attractive backs on the open market, though it's worth noting the 27-year-old (28 in September) racked up easily a career high in touches (299) but also a career-low 3.9 yards per carry.

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. The move comes in response to speculation that Hyde may not fit 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan's outside-zone offense. His injuries were certainly a factor in deciding what kind of deal to sign the running back to, but his production still made the deal worth it for the Browns. He later went on to play collegiately for the Ohio State Buckeyes from 2010-2013.

FILE - In this October 26, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (31) carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla. Outside of the first year Hyde will be carrying the rock in Cleveland, the rest of that money is unlikely to be around unless the veteran back forces the Browns to keep him around for all three years of the deal.

Hue Jackson surrendering play calling duties was a good sign for the Browns this offseason. The Browns lead the National Football League in cap space and lost starting running Isaiah Crowell in free agency to the Jets.

The 49ers negotiated with Hyde throughout the season but the two sides never came to an agreement.

The Browns have been had a busy few days, adding three players via trade and agreeing to deals with a handful of free agents. Cleveland holds the first and fourth overall selections.

The 49ers will have a new-look backfield in 2018 as Hyde, their starter for the past three seasons, is poised to sign with the Browns when free agency officially starts at 1 p.m. today.

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