Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Carlos Hyde to sign three-year deal with Browns

Carlos Hyde to sign three-year deal with Browns

But with two top-four picks all options are still open for Cleveland, as Taylor is entering the final year of his contract.

Hyde was drafted out of Ohio State in 2014 by the San Francisco 49ers. He moved to Florida after his freshman year of high school before returning to the Midwest to play his college ball at Ohio State. Hyde scored 21 touchdowns in his four season with the Niners and averaged 4.2 yards per carry.

Basically, everything about El Guapo was better and more productive during the 2017 National Football League season than ever before.

Hyde will be a key factor in making the Browns less "horrible" in 2018.

Hyde was one of the better names available in the running back market in free agency. The closest he came was 988 in 2016 when he missed three games with various injuries. Despite a host of bad news that year, Hyde's MCL tear didn't require surgery, at least. He finished with 938 yards rushing (3.9YPC) and eight rushing touchdowns, while catching 59 passes for 350 yards playing in his third offensive system as a pro.

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.

During this offseason, the Browns have already executed trades for three players. Signing Todd Haley as their new offensive coordinator was another step in the right direction. Hyde only adds to that. 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.

Anything is possible. This is still the Browns, after all, and Barkley's a special talent who would make any team better.

The Indians have since reached a World Series and the Cavs have won an National Basketball Association championship, but the Browns went 0-16 last season and have won just a single game over the past two campaigns.

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