Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Browns to sign running back Carlos Hyde

Browns to sign running back Carlos Hyde

Hyde was healthy for a full 16-game schedule for the first time in 2017 leading to the most productive season of his career. He led the team in rushing yards and had a career-high eight rushing touchdowns in addition to 59 receptions for 350 yards.

An Ohio native is returning to the Buckeye state. In his first two, he missed 11 games. Hyde did well running Shanahan's outside zone, but he wasn't a seamless fit the team might be looking for going forward.

FILE - In this October 26, 2014, file photo, Minnesota Vikings running back Jerick McKinnon (31) carries against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half of an NFL football game in Tampa, Fla.

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.

The Browns former running back Isaiah Crowell is expected to sign with the New York Jets, opening a roster slot for Hyde.

Considering the fact that both general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shutmur envision quarterback Eli Manning playing a few more seasons, the Giants may be more inclined to pass on drafting a quarterback at No. 2 overall. They were reportedly interested in former Patriots running back Dion Lewis before he agreed to a four-year, $20 million deal with the Titans on Tuesday. San Francisco might still be in play for Minnesota free agent Jerick McKinnon.

Of course, the Giants still remain in the market for a successor to quarterback Eli Manning, and missing out on coveted All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell could also have them considering Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson with their first-round pick.

The 49ers will have a new-look backfield in 2018 as Hyde, their starter for the past three seasons, is poised to sign with the Browns when free agency officially starts at 1 p.m. today.

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