According to a report from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Jaguars are signing former Seattle Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde. The deal is for two years and worth $6M, according to Rapoport.
This isn’t the first time Hyde will join the Jaguars. In 2018, the team sent a fifth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for the running back. Hyde would go on to play just eight games for the team and tallied 58 rushes for 189 yards. His stint with the team was short-lived and largely unproductive, however, there were plenty of mitigating factors to account for it, including a lack of playing time.
Over the past two seasons, Hyde has appeared improved, particularly with the Houston Texans in 2019 when he rushed for 1,070 yards on 245 attempts and six touchdowns. He held a yard-per-attempt average of 4.4.
Since being selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Hyde has accounted for 1,153 rushing attempts for 4,726 yards and 36 rushing touchdowns. He has averaged 4.1 YPC in his seven-year career.
Hyde will be reunited with the Jaguars in four ways.
The aforementioned reunion with the organization itself, his former head coach at Ohio State in Jaguars head coach Urban Meyer, general manager Trent Baalke, the former 49ers GM who selected Hyde in the first place and passing-game coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, who was the Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator just last season.
Baalke stated plainly during his pre-free agency press conference that the team needed to add to its group of running backs, and a veteran presence with familiarity with the coaching staff and front office is a start. While this does not mean much for the status of starting running back James Robinson, it will allow the team to give him more breathing room as the team’s bell cow.