The NFL’s Cleveland Browns have made several moves already this offseason, and they don’t appear close to being done yet. Now, former Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde is expected to sign with the team in free agency.
The news was first reported by the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Wednesday morning. According to his report, Hyde will sign a three-year deal worth more than $15 million. The contract reportedly will include $6 million in the first year.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2018
Free agency is set to begin at 4 p.m. on on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday morning, the Browns did not have any Ohio State players on their roster. While they are expected to pursue former Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor — he previously played for the Browns —in free agency, Hyde could be the only former Ohio State player on the roster when he signs.
Hyde played for Ohio State from 2010-13 and was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In 50 games over four seasons with the 49ers, Hyde rushed for 2,729 yards and 21 touchdowns on 655 carries. In addition, Hyde also made 109 receptions for 634 yards and 3 touchdowns in that time with San Francisco.
At Ohio State, Hyde rushed for 3,198 yards and 37 touchdowns on 523 carries in four seasons.
The Browns traded for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, wide receiver Jarvis Landry and cornerback Damarious Randall on Friday. The team also is expected to sign offensive tackle Chris Hubbard once free agency opens Wednesday afternoon.