Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

Colts' chances for Saquon Barkley improve after Browns sign Carlos Hyde

Colts' chances for Saquon Barkley improve after Browns sign Carlos Hyde

The Cleveland Browns are putting in work this offseason and have a new running back to add to their new-look team.

Rapoport has stated that the former San Francisco 49ers running back will be receiving a three-year deal worth more than $15 million, including $6 million in the first year.

Shortly after reports of running back Carlos Hyde agreeing to a free-agent contract with the Cleveland Browns hit the internet on Wednesday, an old tweet from Hyde resurfaced as well. Continuing to piece together the offense is the next step and Barkley fills a major need at running back. We were bullish on Hyde's fantasy football prospects a season ago as Shanahan arrived, and although he couldn't fully capitalize on that opportunity, this is another ideal one for Hyde with the Browns, who just signed former Steeler Chris Hubbard to round out their talented and high-priced offensive line. Forget the fact that Tim Couch is widely considered one of the biggest draft busts in league history, the rest of the Browns' top picks since the turn of the millennium are hardly anything to write home about. Hyde scored 21 touchdowns in his four season with the Niners and averaged 4.2 yards per carry.

The New York Giants will still stand between the Colts and Barkley.

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Nelson, set to turn 33 in May, was scheduled to earn $10.25 million in 2018 and carry a salary-cap number of $12.52 million. Nelson was just the fourth receiver in Super Bowl history with nine-plus receptions for at least 140 yards and touchdown.

Hyde, 27, was again the most productive running back for the 49ers in 2017, leading the team in rushing yards (938) while setting a career high with eight rushing touchdowns. Hyde also has 109 catches for 634 yards and three TDs.

Fells played with the Lions a year ago after three seasons in Arizona.

Hyde finished his time in Santa Clara with 655 rushes for 2,729 yards. They asked Mortensen about Saquon Barkley, the quarterbacks and the Cleveland Browns' options with the No. 1 overall pick.

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