Do Giants lead Saquon Barkley sweepstakes after Browns add Carlos Hyde?

Do Giants lead Saquon Barkley sweepstakes after Browns add Carlos Hyde?

Running back Carlos Hyde agreed to a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth $15m, NFL Network reported on Wednesday. The Browns are keeping their options open, and that means Barkley remains part of the discussion.

Former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Browns on Wednesday. San Francisco might still be in play for Minnesota free agent Jerick McKinnon.

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. Among those joining the team are quarterback Tyrod Taylor, receiver Jarvis Landry, offensive linemen Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson, defensive lineman Chris Smith and defensive backs Damarious Randall and Terrance Mitchell.

The Cleveland Browns have also signed former Detroit Lions tight end Darren Fells, and traded for cornerback Damarious Randall, who played his first three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. He appeared in all 16 games in 2017 and rushed for 940 yards and eight touchdowns.

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He played a full 16-game season for the first time in his National Football League career, and his 59 receptions and 350 receiving yards were more than he had posted in his previous three years combined (50 receptions for 284 yards).

While productive, Hyde still showed his inconsistency in the passing game, catching 59 of 87 targets for 350 yards. In addition, Hyde has also made 109 receptions for 634 yards and 3 touchdowns in that time with San Francisco.

The Browns needed to sign a back, though, because Isaiah Crowell left via free agency.

The 49ers negotiated with Hyde throughout the season but the two sides never came to an agreement. In four seasons, he has 1,918 rushing yards (4.0 yards a carry) and 984 receiving yards (6.9 yards a catch) while making 14 starts.