Cleveland Browns to sign former Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde

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According to his report, Hyde will sign a three-year deal worth more than $15 million.

Hyde's arrival may spell the end of Isaiah Crowell's tenure with the Browns, and it creates some question about whether Cleveland will pursue Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the No. 1 or No. 4 overall pick in the 2018 National Football League draft since it now has Hyde and Duke Johnson as a backfield tandem.

Hyde (6-0, 235) was drafted by 49ers in the second round of the 2014 draft and spent the first four years of his career there.

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.

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It does not necessarily mean they won't take the Penn State product - who is widely considered the best prospect in the draft - but the likelihood that he could fall into the laps of the Giants at No. 2 appears greater.

Former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde is on his way to Berea, Ohio. Hyde played his first full 16-game season in 2017, finishing with 240 carries for 938 yards and eight touchdowns. Fells caught 17 passes for 177 yards and three TDs for the Lions last season, but fills a need for the Browns because he is a good blocking tight end.

While productive, Hyde still showed his inconsistency in the passing game, catching 59 of 87 targets for 350 yards. Through the air, the former 49ers starting running back added 109 receptions and amassed 634 yards, scoring another three touchdowns. In case you're wondering, yes, he's quite better than Isaiah Crowell. He was mostly a backup for his first two seasons.

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.

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