The Cavs were coming off a 19-63 season in 2010-11, positioning them for the No. 1 pick they ultimately used to draft Kyrie Irving, and LeBron James hadn't yet returned from his stint with the Miami Heat.
It leaves the 49ers without their leader in offensive touches the past three campaigns.
Hyde's career with the 49ers ends after four up-and-down seasons, where he flashed potential but was ultimately unable to show enough consistency to warrant a long-term deal from San Francisco. He scored 24 touchdowns, fumbled nine times and averaged 4.2 yards per rush. It was the first time in his four-year career he played and started all 16 games. The Indians won 102 games in 2017, lost in the World Series in 2016 and have put together five straight winning seasons. Hyde did well running Shanahan's outside zone, but he wasn't a seamless fit the team might be looking for going forward. It is a three-year deal worth $15 million over the entire life of the contract. In addition to not-being a great fit in a Kyle Shanahan offense that often likes to use the running back as a receiver out of the backfield, Hyde was graded by PFF as a bottom 10 running back in the National Football League previous year. In case you're wondering, yes, he's quite better than Isaiah Crowell.
While Hyde signing has taken up a spot at the running back position, reports have stated that he does not eliminate the possibility of Cleveland using one of their first two picks in the first round of the draft to take Barkley. San Francisco might still be in play for Minnesota free agent Jerick McKinnon.
Penn State Nittany Lions Saquon Barkley running back goes through workout drills during the 2018 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. The team's remaining running backs are Matt Breida, Joe Williams, Raheem Mostert and Jeremy McNichols.