Carlos Hyde to Browns leaves Saquon Barkley open for Giants?

Saquon Barkley would jumpstart the Giants' running game and the Browns may have indicated that they won't be drafting him

Saquon Barkley would jumpstart the Giants' running game and the Browns may have indicated that they won't be drafting him

His injuries were certainly a factor in deciding what kind of deal to sign the running back to, but his production still made the deal worth it for the Browns.

A day after learning that running back Isaiah Crowell intends to sign with the New York Jets, news broke Wednesday morning that the Cleveland Browns have agreed on a three-year deal with running back Carlos Hyde.

Hyde's new Browns contract is expected to be worth more than $15 million and pay him $6 million in 2018.


The Browns do have more needs to address in the draft though such as finding a franchise quarterback (as Taylor is just a stopgap), and also at cornerback, so they could pass up on Barkley to fill up those needs since they already have a good back in Hyde. He played in all 16 games for the first time in 2017, with 938 rushing yards and career-highs in rushing touchdowns (eight) and receptions (59). The strong expectation is the Browns kick off the draft by selecting Sam Darnold out of USC. Through the air, the former 49ers starting running back added 109 receptions and amassed 634 yards, scoring another three touchdowns. He was mostly a backup for his first two seasons. Among those joining the team are quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry, offensive linemen Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson, defensive lineman Chris Smith and defensive backs Damarious Randall and Terrance Mitchell.

With the Browns paying Hyde $5 million a season for the next three seasons, it means Barkley could potentially get his wish of playing alongside Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning.

But the real question here is whether or not signing Hyde will throw cold water on those rumors that the team might try and draft Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the first pick in the draft. Hyde scored 21 touchdowns in his four season with the Niners and averaged 4.2 yards per carry.

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