The Cleveland Browns have been very busy on the first official day of the new league year.
They’ve reached agreement with running back Carlos Hyde (3 years, $15 million), cornerbacks Terrence Mitchell (3 years, $12 million) and TJ Carrie (4 years, $31 million) as well as tight end Darren Fells (3 years, $12 million).
Hyde will most likely be the starting running back heading into training camp and even the regular season while the other three soon to be signings fill out depth at some key positions on the roster.
That has seemed to be general manager John Dorsey’s main objective in free agency after making a huge splash in adding three starters through trades last week.
I know people expected the Browns with a ton of cap space to be aggressive in free agency and land some high profile names but that hasn’t been the case.
Carlos Hyde is a name very familiar to football fans in the state of Ohio. He spent his college days as a Buckeye at The Ohio State University.
After rushing for over 3,100 yards and 37 touchdowns during his four years in Columbus, Hyde was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
During his four year career, Hyde has displayed the ability to be a top running back in the league but injuries have hampered his young career thus far missing 9 games in 2015 and 3 games in 2016.
Last season he appeared in all 16 games and rushed for 938 yards and 8 touchdowns despite averaging only 3.9 yards per carry.
He’ll join Duke Johnson in the backfield but it will not rule out Cleveland drafting a running back including Saquon Barkley with the fourth overall pick.
Terrence Mitchell had been with Kansas City the last two seasons which could be why John Dorsey brought him to Cleveland.
Last season was his most productive season in five NFL seasons with 52 tackles, 18 pass deflections and four interceptions which were all cornerbacks.
TJ Carrie is also no stranger to the state of Ohio as he spent his college days with the Ohio Bobcats.
A seventh round pick in 2014, Carrie spent his first four seasons with the Oakland Raiders as a cornerback and safety.
Last season, primarily in the slot Carrie had a career high 84 tackles along with 9 pass deflections and two fumble recoveries.
If Cleveland will continue to play Carrie strictly in the slot, that could spell the end of Jamar Taylor’s tenure with Cleveland.
Darren Fells is 31 years old and has spent time with Arizona and Detroit during his four year career primarily as a blocking tight end.
His 6’7 frame could cause some matchup problems on goal line situations if the team choose to run a three tight end offense with David Njoku and Seth DeValve.
With his signing, Randall Telfer could be the odd man out in the tight end room as he has struggled as a blocking tight end during his first two seasons in the league.