Cleveland Browns agree to deal with free agent RB Carlos Hyde
Last Updated: 14/03/18 1:05pm
Running back Carlos Hyde agreed to a three-year deal with the Cleveland Browns worth $15m, NFL Network reported on Wednesday.
Hyde, who attended Ohio State, led the San Francisco 49ers in rushing each of the past three seasons.
Hyde played in all 16 games last season for the first time in his career. He finished with 938 yards rushing (3.9YPC) and eight rushing touchdowns, while catching 59 passes for 350 yards playing in his third offensive system as a pro.
The Browns have been busy under first-year general manager John Dorsey, including trading for wide receiver Jarvis Landry and quarterback Tyrod Taylor on Friday.
Running back Isaiah Crowell started for the Browns last season but on Tuesday agreed to a contract with the New York Jets.
The signing of Hyde puts into question whether the Browns would be tempted to select standout running back prospect Saqoun Barkley out of Penn State in the upcoming NFL draft. Cleveland holds the first and fourth overall selections.
The Browns also agree a three-year deal worth $12m with free agent tight end Darren Fells on Wednesday, according to NFL Network.
The 31-year-old is a fifth-year pro who spent last season with the Detroit Lions, catching 17 passes for 177 yards with three touchdowns.
He will join a tight end group in Cleveland that also includes 2017 first-round pick David Njoku and Seth DeValve, who are both known for their pass-catching skills. Fells will be expected to help out as a blocker in the running game.