New Browns running back Carlos Hyde might have some explaining to do when he arrives for OTA's in a couple of months time.
The former 49er penned a three-year deal worth in excess of $15million, joining Tyrod Taylor and Jarvis Landry as high profile offensive additions in Cleveland.
Despite the excitement from fans about what he'll add in the run game, he's taking some heat for a number of old tweets he wrote back in 2011.
The 27-year-old described the sports scene in Cleveland as 'horrible', that despite playing his college ball at Ohio State, just a short two hours from his new home city.
He even doubled down on the opinion, singling out the Browns this time around.
The holy grail though, was this rather controversial opinion that his Buckeye team would've 'easily' beaten the 2011 Browns, who went 4-12 under Pat Shurmur:
Hyde is a Cincinnati native though, and in one of the least friendly divisions in the NFL it's easy to see why he wouldn't have much love for the Browns as a young Bengals fan.
It does make for comical reading now though, and Hyde certainly isn't the only NFL player to have gone through the embarrassment of tweeting out critical comments about their future team.
Cowboys QB Dak Prescott infamously made these rather derogatory comments about Tony Romo in 2012, before linking up with Romo in Dallas in 2016...
Dak said the pair laughed the incident off when they met: “We laughed about it,” Prescott commented via the Dallas News.
“I remember days and weeks had gone by and he hadn’t said anything about it. Knowing how funny Tony is and Tony’s not afraid to say anything, I was waiting just for that moment."
Hyde will be hoping for the same response from some of his new teammates, thats for sure!
The former second-round pick had another solid year in San Francisco, putting up 940 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground. His effectiveness as a receiver out of the backfield increased enormously in Kyle Shanahan's offense as well; he hauled in 59 catches for 350 yards in 2017 compared to just 23 catches and 167 yards in 2016.
Hyde's addition to the Browns roster doesn't necessarily rule out John Dorsey snagging Saquon Barkley with the number one pick in the draft, though it certainly suggests a quarterback is more likely.
His new teammate, and fellow free agent addition Jarvis Landry, certainly seems excited about the Browns chances with their new trio of weapons together:
NFL players, and all sportsman in fact, should probably just refrain from slandering professional teams unless they have zero chance of ending up on them...
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