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Carlos Hyde to sign three-year deal with Browns

14 March 2018, 06:32 | Charlene Valdez

BROWNS REPORTS Cleveland Browns to sign former Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde He's coming home

   REPORTS Cleveland Browns to sign former Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde        He's coming home

The #Browns are expected to sign former #49ers RB Carlos Hyde, source said.

When the league year starts Wednesday afternoon, Hyde will sign a $15 million contract, paying him $6 million in the first year, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

During his four years in San Francisco, Hyde rushed for a total of 2,729 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had 59 receptions for 350 yards as his role expanded in coach Kyle Shanahan's offense and he played a full 16-game schedule for the first time.

Hyde, who was selected by the 49ers in the second-round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of the Ohio State University, was at one point expected back with San Francisco. The strong expectation is the Browns kick off the draft by selecting Sam Darnold out of USC. Cleveland has had a busy few days, adding three players via trade and agreeing to deals with a handful of free agents. They traded with the Miami Dolphins for wide receiver Jarvis Landry, with the Buffalo Bills for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, and with the Green Bay Packers for cornerback Damarious Randall.

Hyde is 27 years old and replaces Isaiah Crowell, who on Tuesday agreed to a three-year deal with the Jets. Through the air, the former 49ers starting running back added 109 receptions and amassed 634 yards, scoring another three touchdowns.

It remains to be seen how Hyde's signing affects the Browns' decision whether to draft Saquon Barkley. Crowell lamented not getting the ball more the past two seasons under Hue Jackson. The back missed the final two games of his rookie season due to ankle and back sprains, was sidelined in Week 5 of the 2015 season with a fractured foot, and then a combination of a concussion, shoulder sprain and MCL tear kept him out for various games throughout the 2016 season. He went on to claim career high rushing TDs (8), carries (240), longest rush (61 yards), and total offensive yards (1288).

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