Hyde's career with the 49ers ends after four up-and-down seasons, where he flashed potential but was ultimately unable to show enough consistency to warrant a long-term deal from San Francisco.
Who says the Browns never acquire a former Ohio State Buckeye? Hyde scored 21 touchdowns in his four season with the Niners and averaged 4.2 yards per carry. He also caught 109 passes for 631 yards and three touchdowns.
Basically, everything about El Guapo was better and more productive during the 2017 National Football League season than ever before. Rookies aren't almost as expensive as veterans, so the Browns could easily fit both Barkley and Hyde onto their roster.
The San Francisco 49ers are soon to have a new running back. Hyde had four coaches in his four seasons with the 49ers. In his first two, he missed 11 games. He played 14, seven and 13 games from 2014 through 2016. Despite a host of bad news that year, Hyde's MCL tear didn't require surgery, at least. He led the team in rushing yards and had a career-high eight rushing touchdowns in addition to 59 receptions for 350 yards.More news: Angela Merkel elected to fourth term as chancellor in Germany
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With Hyde and Johnson both in Cleveland, the Browns may feel there are more pressing needs to address with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, such as quarterback, rather than spend it on another running back in Barkley. Cleveland has had a busy few days, adding three players via trade and agreeing to deals with a handful of free agents. McKinnon was with the Vikings when Pat Shurmur was the offensive coordinator in Minnesota. Hyde only adds to that. The Browns have the 1st and 4th overall picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, which kicks off on April 26th.
Anything is possible. This is still the Browns, after all, and Barkley's a special talent who would make any team better.
The Cleveland Browns have already made vast improvements to their roster from the one that finished 0-16 in 2017.