With Leonard Fournette banged up, Jaguars trade for Browns RB Carlos Hyde

The last time the Cleveland Browns made a major trade to send away a running back during the season, it was Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts.

Hopefully, Carlos Hyde works out better for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Jaguars, whose offense has stalled the past couple weeks with Leonard Fournette out with a hamstring injury, traded for Hyde. That report came on Friday afternoon from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The Jaguars are sending a fifth-round pick to the Browns, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Hyde was signed in free agency from the San Francisco 49ers, but the Browns then drafted Nick Chubb early in the second round. Clearly they wanted to clear some playing time for the rookie from Georgia.

Jaguars add Carlos Hyde with Leonard Fournette hurt

The Jaguars have missed Fournette, who has barely played this season due to injuries. The fourth pick of last year’s draft also missed time as a rookie, and in his last season at LSU.

The Jaguars were getting by with T.J. Yeldon but clearly wanted more punch in the offense. Hyde has 382 yards on five touchdowns this season, but is averaging just 3.4 yards per carry.

Fournette was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans, and reports have said he could be out until Week 10. It’s not a great sign for Fournette’s return date that the Jaguars just traded a draft pick for an established running back who is in the first year of a three-year, $15.25 million deal.

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Star Lotulelei, Buffalo Bills: $50 Million

  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $18,500,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $3,700,000

Star Lotulelei attended high school and college in Utah, but he was born on the Pacific island nation of Tonga.

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Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints: $65 Million

  • Position: Left tackle
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $20,880,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $4,176,000

Terron Armstead signed his current five-year, $65 million contract prior to the 2016 season, but he’s failed to start 15 of the Saints’ 32 regular season games since that point.

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Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots: $65 Million

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $31,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $6,200,000

After five years in Buffalo, Stephon Gilmore jumped ship for the division-rival Patriots prior to last season, earning a trip to the Super Bowl in his first season in New England.

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Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: $66.4 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $44,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $14,666,667

Since winning Super Bowl XLVII to cap a successful 2012 season, Flacco has seen his performance decline, with 74 interceptions to just 98 touchdowns.

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Trumaine Johnson, New York Jets: $72.5 Million

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $34,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $6,800,000

The Jets — who signed Trumaine Johnson to a five-year $72.5 million contract this offseason — are hoping he returns to his career high in interceptions of seven from 2015 rather than the one and two he logged in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

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Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns: $75.5 Million

  • Position: Wide receiver
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $34,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $46,800,000

Jarvis Landry has a lot riding on him to replicate last year’s 112 receptions as he joins a Browns team that went a disappointing 0-16 last year.

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Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins: $77 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $21,500,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $5,375,000

Ryan Tannehill’s 12 interceptions to just 19 touchdowns over 13 games last year could have some Dolphins fans regretting that big contract.

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Taylor Lewan, Tennessee Titans: $80 Million

  • Position: Left tackle
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $34,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $6,800,000

After being limited to just six starts in his first season, Taylor Lewan has missed just one game in the last three years.

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Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals: $82.5 Million

  • Position: Defensive end
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $31,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $6,200,000

Chandler Jones is an elite pass rusher, with more than 40 sacks over the last three seasons in New England and Arizona.

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Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers: $83,250,000

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $37,500,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $9,375,000

Part of the legendary 2004 quarterback draft class that also included Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers eclipsed 50,000 career passing yards late last season.

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Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings: $84 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $84,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $28,000,000

Kirk Cousins came to Minnesota on a short three-year deal, but all $84 million in it is guaranteed. And his millions will likely last him — Cousins is one of the best NFL players when it comes to money.

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Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: $87.4 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $34,250,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $8,562,500

Ben Roethlisberger is still playing on a four-year, $87.4 million contract he signed that keeps him in the Steel City through 2019.

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Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: $87.6 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $31,700,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $7,925,000

Wilson tied his career high of 34 touchdown passes last season.

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Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants: $90 Million

  • Position: Wide receiver
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $40,959,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $8,191,800

The ink might not yet be dry on the five-year extension Odell Beckham Jr. signed with the Giants just before the season started.

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Alex Smith, Washington Redskins: $94 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $55,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $13,750,000

In this instance, Mr. Smith went to Washington via an offseason trade after leading the Chiefs to 50 wins during his five seasons in Kansas City.

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Marcell Dareus, Jacksonville Jaguars: $95.1 Million

  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $42,900,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $7,150,000

Marcell Dareus parlayed his 10-sack performance in 2014 into his current six-year $96.6 million deal, but the league might have gotten wise since then — he’s only managed 5.5 sacks since signing the deal.

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Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: $95.2 Million

  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $14,757,308
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $2,108,187

Gerald McCoy — who has been a Buc since they selected him third overall in the 2010 draft — needs only one and a half sacks this year to reach 50 for his career.

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Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: $96 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $17,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $2,833,333

Andy Dalton might be the focus of some ire from Bengals fans, but it’s worth noting that the team is 64-44-2 since 2011 when he’s under center.

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Tyron Smith, Dallas Cowboys: $97.6 Million

  • Position: Left tackle
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $22,118,013
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $2,764,752

Tyron Smith signed his eight-year, $97.6 million contract prior to this season, but he can opt out after next season and test free agency.

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J.J. Watt, Houston Texans: $100 Million

  • Position: Defensive end
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $20,876,385
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $3,479,398

The nearly $21 million guaranteed for Watt is dwarfed by the $41.6 million he helped raise for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, the biggest crowd-sourced fundraiser in history.

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Justin Houston, Kansas City Chiefs: $101 Million

  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $32,500,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $5,416,667

Justin Houston’s 69.5 career sacks have to sting for Browns fans: They traded the Chiefs the pick they selected him with to grab Phil Taylor and his seven career sacks.

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Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia Eagles: $102.6 Million

  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $36,299,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $6,049,833

The Eagles had the fourth-ranked defense last year en route to their Super Bowl championship.

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Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: $103.8 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $41,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $8,200,000

Cam Newton has the chance to opt out of his current contract at the end of the season, leaving him with a decision about whether he should test free agency for an even bigger deal in 2019.

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Von Miller, Denver Broncos: $114.5 Million

  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $42,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $7,000,000

Von Miller’s huge deal — signed in July 2016 — came on the heels of the team winning the Super Bowl behind its strong defense.

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Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: $122,970,000

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $47,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $9,400,000

Andrew Luck recently revealed that the shoulder injury that kept him from playing a down last season could be traced back to a snowboarding accident in 2016.

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Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders: $125,025,000

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $40,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $8,000,000

Derek Carr signed his five-year, $125 million deal in June 2017 — the same year he saw his play regress with more than double the interceptions of the year prior.

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Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: $134 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $78,700,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $19,675,000

Aaron Rodgers is looking to put the Packers back in the playoffs after missing nine games last season.

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Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams: $135 Million

  • Position: Defensive end
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $50,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $8,333,333

Aaron Donald’s $135 million deal came after 18 months of negotiations and a holdout over the preseason for the star defensive tackle.

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Matt Stafford, Detroit Lions: $135 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $60,500,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $12,100,000

The highest-paid player on the Lions, Matt Stafford was a childhood friend of Clayton Kershaw, baseball’s highest-paid pitcher.

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Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers: $137 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $48,700,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $9,740,000

Traded from the Patriots on Halloween in 2017, Garoppolo was “spooky” good over five starts for the Niners that year, prompting a big contract in the offseason.

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Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears: $141 Million

  • Position: Outside linebacker
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $60,000,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $10,000,000

Up until Sept. 1, 2018, Khalil Mack was the highest-paid player on the Raiders, but a trade to Chicago has him in a Bear uniform now.

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Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: $150 Million

  • Position: Quarterback
  • Total Guaranteed at Signing: $94,500,000
  • Avg. Guarantee/Year: $18,900,000

Matt Ryan failed to bounce back from the devastating loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl LI in 2017, throwing just 20 touchdowns to 12 interceptions.

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Browns needed to get Nick Chubb more playing time

Chubb is the Browns’ most talented running back, but his playing time was limited. The trade should clear things up in the Cleveland backfield.

Chubb’s breakout game came against the Raiders, when he had 105 yards and two touchdowns on just three carries. He hasn’t had more than three carries in a game yet this season. That will change very soon.

Chubb was an early second-round pick, a talented runner who looked like a sure first-round pick before tearing his ACL in college. With the Browns still fielding a young team, it made sense to trade Hyde and see what Chubb can do.

Even though Hyde was in Cleveland a short time, he carved out a spot in Browns history by scoring the winning touchdown against the Jets in the team’s first victory since 2016, after rushing from the hospital before the birth of his first child. Now he’ll try to make a name for himself with a Jaguars team that can use the offensive boost.

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