Colts' chances for Saquon Barkley improve after Browns sign Carlos Hyde

Colts' chances for Saquon Barkley improve after Browns sign Carlos Hyde

To all those who thought the Cleveland Browns would select Saquon Barkley with one of their top-four picks in the draft, it's not looking very likely. Carlos Hyde was reported to be signing with the Cleveland Browns this morning. Hyde figures to be the early-down back with Duke Johnson serving as the third-down and passing-down specialist.

That left Barkley, the most impressive talent in the 2018 draft class, as the clear choice to join a suddenly dangerous-looking offense that now features Taylor under center, wide receivers Landry, Cory Coleman and Josh Gordon along with a strong offensive line. Hyde's last season raked in 240 runs for 938 yards and eight touchdowns. His injuries were certainly a factor in deciding what kind of deal to sign the running back to, but his production still made the deal worth it for the Browns.

So what does that mean for the New York Giants?

The Browns have the first and fourth picks in the draft and are expected to take a quarterback with one of the picks.

During this offseason, the Browns have already executed trades for three players.

The Browns have also agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with cornerback Terrance Mitchell of Kansas City, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Since then, he's tallied 655 career carries for 2,729 yards and 21 touchdowns.

While Barkley certainly seems like a flawless fit, many have expected that he would be drafted No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns. The Indians won 102 games in 2017, lost in the World Series in 2016 and have put together five straight winning seasons. Just a year ago with Kansas City, he selected Kareem Hunt in the third round and the speedy Hunt rushed for 1,327 yards as a rookie. Hyde also has 109 catches for 634 yards and three TDs.

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