The Cleveland Browns and Jacksonville Jaguars appear to have made a trade that works perfectly for both sides. Fournette has been nursing a hamstring injury that has kept him out of five total games this season.
Hyde, who started five of six games, leads the Browns with 382 yards and five touchdowns this season.
The Browns signed the veteran to a three-year, $15.25-million contract this past offseason.
The first major trade of the National Football League season just happened.
Even though Hyde is considered to be a solid running back whom Jacksonville finds desirable, simply getting rid of him should make the Browns better. He's had just 19 carries this season. That's something everyone from Johnson to offensive coordinator Todd Haley to my 69-year-old Browns fan mother in Vermilion has been clamoring for all season.
The trade clears the way for rookie running back Nick Chubb, selected 35th overall in the 2018 draft, to take over as the primary back. Chubb had only three carries for 25 yards last week in a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The talented former 49'er will get more looks in Jacksonville. The offense has hit a wall, Hyde was averaging 3.4 yards per carry, and it was time for Chubb to get more carries and more snaps, period. "But I think sometimes the game changes, you get behind and you need Duke Johnson out there because that is what he does well - catch the ball and run it". That's what you were seeing yesterday.