Browns expected to sign former OSU Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde

Browns expected to sign former OSU Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the Browns and Hyde agreed to a three-year deal worth more than $15 million.

Hyde, 27, grew up in Cincinnati.

The Cincinnati native will play in Ohio for the first time since he left Ohio State.

He was drafted by the 49ers with the No. 57 pick in the second round, and third overall among running backs, behind Bishop Sankey and Jeremy Hill. Hyde averaged at least 4 yards per carry in three of his four seasons and last season averaged 3.91. He joined the team as a backup to Frank Gore before ascending to the starting job when Gore signed with the Colts in 2015.

Interestingly enough, Hyde and Crowell have put up nearly identical numbers since entering the league in 2014 as they both have averaged 4.2 yards per carry and have rushed for 21 touchdowns each. 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. Hyde did well running Shanahan's outside zone, but he wasn't a seamless fit the team might be looking for going forward.

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The San Francisco 49ers are soon to have a new running back.

A report by Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk says Hyde will sign a three-year contract with the Browns worth $18 million, including a $6 million dollar first year.

The Browns are set to lose free agent running back Isaiah Crowell to the New York Jets, and they still have Duke Johnson (74 receptions last season) around.

The 49ers negotiated with Hyde throughout the season but the two sides never came to an agreement.

Chris Ballard and company could certainly use some help at the running back position this offseason. If this pattern continues, he will remain a dependable option in the crowded market of running backs.

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