Browns could still draft Saquon Barkley after signing Carlos Hyde

San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Los Angeles

San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde against the Los Angeles Rams during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday Dec. 31 2017 in Los Angeles

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.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Browns are expected to sign Hyde once free agency opens on Wednesday afternoon.

The Giants also added a running back Tuesday, signing Jonathan Stewart to a two-year deal worth $6.9 million, with $2.95 million guaranteed, but his move actually increases the likelihood the Giants take Barkley, considered by many the most talented player in this draft. In 50 games over four seasons with the 49ers, Hyde rushed for 2,729 yards and 21 touchdowns on 655 carries. The Browns are rumored to also be interested in Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Hyde was healthy for a full 16-game schedule for the first time in 2017 leading to the most productive season of his career. "Nobody is ruled out", the source said of the way the Browns view the draft board.

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Hue Jackson surrendering play calling duties was a good sign for the Browns this offseason. Cleveland traded for Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor and Green Bay Packers cornerback Damarious Randall in separate deals.

Hyde was drafted 57th overall in the 2014 draft by the 49er's in the second round according to NFL Network. Hyde had four coaches in his four seasons with the 49ers. He also had 109 receptions for 634 yards and three touchdowns. Stewart turns 31 next week and is coming off a season in which he averaged a career-low 3.4 yards per rushing attempt. The Browns lead the National Football League in cap space and lost starting running Isaiah Crowell in free agency to the Jets.

If that is true, then the potential is there for Hyde to up his game and at least match his output from 2016.

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