The 31-year-old is a fifth-year pro who spent last season with the Detroit Lions, catching 17 passes for 177 yards with three touchdowns.
Hyde finished last season having played and started in all 16 games - the first time he's done so in his career. Yet, McKinnon was clear in his free agency mission of wanting a bigger opportunity, not to play second or even third fiddle behind a healthy Cook and possibly Murray, so it'll be fascinating to see what exactly the Niners have in mind for him in their backfield alongside Jimmy Garoppolo. That's an exceptional haul for the former Patriot, who becomes a top-five earner at the position in terms of guaranteed dollars if we omit the backs still on first-round rookie contracts.
Free agent running back Carlos Hyde is off the market.
Interestingly enough, Hyde and Crowell have put up nearly identical numbers since entering the league in 2014 as they both have averaged 4.2 yards per carry and have rushed for 21 touchdowns each.
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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. In his first two, he missed 11 games. He also finished the year with 1,151 total offensive yards good for nine total touchdowns (another career-high).
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.
Anything is possible. This is still the Browns, after all, and Barkley's a special talent who would make any team better.