They were reportedly interested in former Patriots running back Dion Lewis before he agreed to a four-year, $20 million deal with the Titans on Tuesday.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport has reported that the Cleveland Browns are expected to sign former San Francisco 49ers running back Carlos Hyde. It is a three-year deal worth $15 million over the entire life of the contract.
That left Barkley, the most impressive talent in the 2018 draft class, as the clear choice to join a suddenly dangerous-looking offense that now features Taylor under center, wide receivers Landry, Cory Coleman and Josh Gordon along with a strong offensive line.
The draft is also expected to be rich with running backs.
Barkley, ranked the best player in the draft by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., has been in the Browns' discussions - especially after he impressed at the combine. He also saw a lot more action off short passes, resulting in career high targets (88), receptions (59), receiving yards (350), and receiving yards per game average (21.9).
Hyde, 27, has rushed for over 900 yards in each of the past two seasons, but is yet to reach the 1,000-yard mark in any of his campaigns.
Hue Jackson surrendering play calling duties was a good sign for the Browns this offseason. He played and started 13 games in 2016 while gaining 988 yards.
Basically, everything about El Guapo was better and more productive during the 2017 National Football League season than ever before.
Interestingly enough, Hyde and Crowell have put up nearly identical numbers since entering the league in 2014 as they both have averaged 4.2 yards per carry and have rushed for 21 touchdowns each.