Do Giants lead Saquon Barkley sweepstakes after Browns add Carlos Hyde?

Do Giants lead Saquon Barkley sweepstakes after Browns add Carlos Hyde?

Originally a second-round choice in 2014, Hyde said repeatedly during the season that he hoped to remain with the only National Football League team he'd ever played for.

The biggest concern for the running back is whether he can stay healthy. 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.

Former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde is on his way to Berea, Ohio.

Hyde was drafted out of Ohio State in 2014 by the San Francisco 49ers. He appeared in all 16 games in 2017 and rushed for 940 yards and eight touchdowns. Fortunately for Hyde, he proved in 2017 that he was able to pull off an entire season in the starting lineup - even despite some on-and-off hip and concussion issues.

During his time with the Buckeyes, Hyde only missed two games with a knee sprain, but that would end up being just the tip of the iceberg. That helped him gain a career-high 1,288 yards from scrimmage.

Considering the fact that both general manager Dave Gettleman and head coach Pat Shutmur envision quarterback Eli Manning playing a few more seasons, the Giants may be more inclined to pass on drafting a quarterback at No. 2 overall. He's worthy of being a team's primary ball-carrier, but he may not rise to the level of a Pro Bowl running back. Signing Todd Haley as their new offensive coordinator was another step in the right direction.

He'll join Duke Johnson in the Browns backfield and will be part of an offense that's also adding wide receiver Jarvis Landry and quarterback Tyrod Taylor in a pair of trades.

It remains to be seen how Hyde's signing affects the Browns' decision whether to draft Saquon Barkley.

Anything is possible. This is still the Browns, after all, and Barkley's a special talent who would make any team better.

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