December 18, 2018

Carlos Hyde to sign with Cleveland Browns

14 March 2018, 06:36 | Anna Jefferson

Saquon Barkley Carlos Hyde

Saquon Barkley Carlos Hyde

The New York Giants will still stand between the Colts and Barkley.

There is only one team selecting ahead of the Giants, the Browns at No. 1, and what they do could dictate where the Giants go with their pick.

They also signed former Bengals defensive end Chris Smith, former Broncos offensive tackle Donald Stephenson, and former Steelers right tackle Chris Hubbard, who was a favorite of Browns offensive coordinator Todd Haley in Pittsburgh. Now, that's nowhere in the stud running back range, but with other priority needs, he is likely going to be given the opportunity to start alongside Duke Johnson.

Hyde was a second-round pick in 2014. "Nobody is ruled out", the source said of the way the Browns view the draft board. According to his report, Hyde will sign a three-year deal worth more than $15 million. Hyde scored 21 touchdowns in his four season with the Niners and averaged 4.2 yards per carry. He should be viewed as a short-yardage and goal-line option and also a 10-year veteran who will add a professional attitude to the locker room. The average salary of $7.5 million per year would make McKinnon the fourth highest paid running back in the league (behind Le'Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman and LeSean McCoy) based on average yearly salary.

The Giants ranked 26th in rushing last season and certainly have a need to upgrade at running back.

Stewart is receiving backup money from the Giants. Hyde had four coaches in his four seasons with the 49ers. McKinnon was with the Vikings when Pat Shurmur was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota. It is unknown at this point how much of the contract is guaranteed.

The Cleveland Browns have been aggressive so far this off-season, trading for quarterback Tyrod Taylor and wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and now adding former San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde via free agency.

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