Published: Wed, March 14, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Browns expected to sign former OSU Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde

Browns expected to sign former OSU Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde

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

The Giants also added a running back Tuesday, signing Jonathan Stewart to a two-year deal worth $6.9 million, with $2.95 million guaranteed, but his move actually increases the likelihood the Giants take Barkley, considered by many the most talented player in this draft. He logged 1,288 yards from scrimmage and set career highs with 59 receptions for 350 yards, expanding his game in first-year coach Kyle Shanahan's system.

ESPN's Pat McManamon reported that the Browns will still consider taking the Penn State product, though USA Today's Jeff Risdon believes that Cleveland is out of the Barkley sweepstakes. He appeared in all 16 games in 2017 and rushed for 940 yards and eight touchdowns.

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Hyde played for Ohio State from 2010-14, and was taken by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He also had 109 receptions for 634 yards and three touchdowns. The team also is expected to sign offensive tackle Chris Hubbard once free agency opens. Crowell lamented not getting the ball more the past two seasons under Hue Jackson. Grabbing Barkley with the first-overall pick would only push Johnson further down the ladder, and bringing on Hyde almost solidifies the claim that they will be addressing another position of need in the draft. The closest he came was 988 in 2016 when he missed three games with various injuries. The strong expectation is the Browns kick off the draft by selecting Sam Darnold out of USC.

The Browns traded for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback Damarious Randall on Friday. He can get tough yards, though, which was one of the criticisms of Crowell. Since then, he's tallied 655 career carries for 2,729 yards and 21 touchdowns.

During this offseason, the Browns have already executed trades for three players.

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