ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the trade, citing an unnamed source:
Browns are trading RB Carlos Hyde to Jacksonville, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 19, 2018
Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network followed that up with a Tweet saying the Browns will receive a fifth-round draft pick back from the Jaguars:
Hyde signed with the Browns in the offseason as a free agent after spending the first four years of his NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.
In his short stint in Cleveland, Hyde proved effective at finding the end zone - he has five rushing touchdowns on the season, only three off his career high - but has averaged just 3.4 yards per carry. That number is a career low and continues a downward slide from his career-best of 4.6 yards per carry in 2016.
Jacksonville is in need of a running back as they have been without second-year back Leonard Fournette, who was the fourth overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft. Fournette has only carried the ball 20 times this season as he has dealt with injuries.
As for the Browns, sending Hyde to the Jaguars opens up the door for rookie Nick Chubb - who is averaging a tidy 10.8 yards per carry - and Duke Johnson - one of the league’s best pass catchers at the position - to finally see the playing time that head coach Hue Jackson has promised on a weekly basis.
Hyde is not a bad running back and he always looked to be giving maximum effort, but with the offense stuck in neutral the Browns need to get the ball into the hands of more explosive players as much as possible.