Former Buckeye running back Carlos Hyde expected to sign with Browns

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

With AP Photos.A person familiar with the situation says the Cleveland Browns are expected to sign free agent running back Carlos Hyde.

The Browns were keen on keeping Johnson, their third-down and pass back. 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. The Browns are keeping their options open, and that means Barkley remains part of the discussion with either of their first-round draft picks.

Penn State Nittany Lions Saquon Barkley running back goes through workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. He's scored 21 rushing touchdowns since being drafted in the second round by San Francisco in 2014.

Of course, the Giants still remain in the market for a successor to quarterback Eli Manning, and missing out on coveted All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell could also have them considering Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson with their first-round pick. In addition, he had 350 receiving yards which was more than double his previous career high. Crowell is a tick better in the passing game as he averages eight yards per catch versus 5.8 for Hyde. Last year was the first year of his four-year career that he did not average four yards per carry, as he averaged 3.9 yards per carry. Having their choice of players at No. 2 allows them to either take arguably the most polarizing player in the last decade of NFL Drafts, or they can trade out of the spot to acquire more value. The Browns have the 1st and 4th overall picks in the upcoming NFL Draft, which kicks off on April 26th. He also had 109 receptions for 634 yards and three touchdowns.

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