With Hyde and Johnson both in Cleveland, the Browns may feel there are more pressing needs to address with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, such as quarterback, rather than spend it on another running back in Barkley.
Hyde spent his first four years in the National Football League with the 49ers and he rushed for just under 1,000 yards in his past two seasons. In addition, he had 350 receiving yards which was more than double his previous career high. It is a three-year deal worth $15 million over the entire life of the contract.
And there's still more to come.
Once that signing becomes official, it could mean Cleveland will look to a quarterback with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and potentially pass on drafting Barkley.
The only team standing in the way of the Giants and Barkley was the Cleveland Browns.
During this offseason, the Browns have already executed trades for three players.
Browns expected to sign free agent RB Carlos HydeAP Photo NY163Eds: Updates with new lead and details. Adding Jarvis Landry is huge for the offense and while Tyrod Taylor isn't the long-term answer at quarterback, he's a bridge player.
And as part of the Niners' Hyde replacement plan, former Minnesota Viking Jerick McKinnon is headed west on a four-year pact, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. During his four years with the 49ers, he has rushed for 2,731 yards and 21 touchdowns.
The team also is expected to sign offensive tackle Chris Hubbard once free agency opens. The Indians won 102 games in 2017, lost in the World Series in 2016 and have put together five straight winning seasons. He also had 109 receptions for 634 yards and three touchdowns. Plus, with Hyde in the mix, there just wouldn't be enough work to justify spending a high pick on him.