The Browns continue to make moves this free agency and this time they've beefed up their ground game...
According to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde is expected to sign with the Browns to the tune of a three-year deal worth over $15 million.
San Francisco drafted the Cincinnati native out of Ohio State in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In four years in the Bay area, Hyde has rushed for over 2,700 yards and found the end zone 21 times.
The 49ers top back is coming off one of his most productive seasons, thanks in part to playing in all 16 regular season games for the first time in his career. Hyde amassed 938 yards on the ground and eight touchdowns on 240 carries and while Hyde wasn't as effective as he was in 2016 when earned 4.6 yards per attempt, his career-low 3.9 yards in 2017 is still good for top 30 in the league.
The move comes less than a day after news broke that Cleveland let its top back walk.
The Browns' stable of backs now includes Hyde, Duke Johnson Jr. and Matthew Dayes, but there's a lot of speculation that Cleveland could go after Saquon Barkley with their No. 1 pick in this year's NFL Draft. After Barkley had a monster showing at the Combine, he's become the favorite to be taken with the top pick.
The Browns also have the No. 4 pick so their front office has a few options. They could go with Barkley or quarterback or they could even trade back for more picks.
One thing is for sure - the Browns are going to look a lot different in 2018.