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Browns expected to sign RB Carlos Hyde

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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

The Giants' starting running-back spot remains open, a spot Barkley could fill, if the Browns pass on him now that they have Hyde. The strong expectation is the Browns kick off the draft by selecting Sam Darnold out of USC. The team is expected to take a quarterback first, but Penn State's Saquon Barkley has been much discussed as an option with the first or fourth picks. So if the Browns wind up with Barkley as the best player on their draft board, above each of the quarterbacks or anyone else, he has to be the pick when they're on the clock the night of April 26. The Browns also traded DT Danny Shelton and a 2018 fifth-round pick to the New England Patriots in exchange for the Patriots' 2018 third-round pick.

After an 0-16 season, the hapless Browns suddenly became the aggressors, trading for Miami Dolphins Pro-Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry and Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor.

The Cleveland Browns have been one of the most active teams as the National Football League offseason ramps up, with reported trades for Jarvis Landry and Tyrod Taylor bolstering their talent on the offensive side of the ball.

The Cleveland Browns entered the offseason with a plethora of salary cap space, and new general manager John Dorsey is using that money to revamp his roster.

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Hyde is 27 years old and replaces Isaiah Crowell, who on Tuesday agreed to a three-year deal with the Jets. Crowell is a tick better in the passing game as he averages eight yards per catch versus 5.8 for Hyde.

Hyde, who was selected by the 49ers in the second-round of the 2014 NFL Draft out of the Ohio State University, was at one point expected back with San Francisco.

During his four years in San Francisco, Hyde rushed for a total of 2,729 yards and 21 touchdowns. In addition to Hyde, the Browns reportedly have deals in place with defensive end Chris Smith, and offensive tackles Chris Hubbard and Donald Stephenson.

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