The Saquon Barkley-to-the-Giants chatter may have picked up some steam on Wednesday.
The Cleveland Browns are expected to sign running back Carlos Hyde to a three-year deal worth more than $15 million, according to NFL Network.
Hyde, 27, rushed for 938 yards and eight touchdowns and caught 59 passes out of the backfield last season while playing in all 16 games for the 49ers.
The Browns are also negotiating to bring back Duke Johnson in their backfield, too, after he averaged 4.2 yards per carry in a backup role last season.
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.
Saquon Barkley would jumpstart the Giants’ running game, and the Browns may have indicated that they won’t be drafting him.
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It does not necessarily mean they won’t take the Penn State product — who is widely considered the best prospect in the draft — but the likelihood that he could fall into the laps of the Giants at No. 2 appears greater.
The Giants have shown some interest in Barkley, interviewing him at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month along with several other running back prospects.
The Giants ranked 26th in rushing last season and certainly have a need to upgrade at running back.
They did address some of their depth at the position on Tuesday, signing veteran running back Jonathan Stewart to a two-year deal for $6.9 million with $2.95 million guaranteed.
Former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde is expected to sign a three-year deal with the Browns on Wednesday.
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Stewart, who turns 31 next week, joins Wayne Gallman, 23, and Paul Perkins, 23, in a young Giants backfield.
Of course, the Giants still remain in the market for a successor to quarterback Eli Manning, and missing out on coveted All-Pro guard Andrew Norwell could also have them considering Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson with their first-round pick.
The Browns also hold the No. 4 overall pick, and if they are confident the Giants will address other areas they could then wait to grab Barkley while using the top overall pick on a quarterback.
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