Browns sign Carlos Hyde

Friday, 16 Mar, 2018

The fun never seems to stop with the new Browns front office, and it continued this morning for Browns and Buckeye fans as free-agent-to-be Carlos Hyde agreed to a three-year deal worth more than $16 million, according to reports from insider Ian Rapoport. Because now, after spending his first four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, he's reportedly heading to Cleveland, where he'll need to explain himself to a fan base who has seen its football team win one game over the last two seasons. 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).

New Browns running back Carlos Hyde might have some explaining to do when he arrives for OTA's in a couple of months time.

Hyde was set to enter his sophomore season at Ohio State when he posted the tweet.

During his rookie season, Hyde posted 333 yards and four scores on the ground, averaging four yards per carry in 14 games. Browns coach Hue Jackson has a background as a running backs coach.

He was drafted by the 49ers with the No. 57 pick in the second round, and third overall among running backs, behind Bishop Sankey and Jeremy Hill.

Hyde was one of the better names available in the running back market in free agency. Cleveland traded for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall in separate deals.

The former second-round pick had another solid year in San Francisco, putting up 940 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground.

As for Hyde, he had a respectable, four-year tenure with the 49ers.

With the Browns paying Hyde $5 million a season for the next three seasons, it means Barkley could potentially get his wish of playing alongside Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning.