Less than 24 hours following his release from the Jacksonville Jaguars, Hyde has signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is worth “$2.8 million… $1.6 million of which is guaranteed.” As noted by NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport, the signing gives Kansas City “solid depth and experience before the madness [of free agency] begins [on Wednesday].”
The Chiefs’ official Twitter account later confirmed the deal, with a picture of Hyde holding up his new jersey and a caption reading, “We have signed free agent RB Carlos Hyde. Welcome to #ChiefsKingdom!” Immediately following the Chiefs’ announcement, Hyde posted on his Twitter, “God is good!”
Hyde, 28, will now suit up with his fourth organization in less than one calendar year.
After being drafted in the second round (No. 57) of the 2014 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, Hyde got out of the gate relatively slow, missing 11 games in his first two seasons due to injury. However, in 2016, Hyde caught his stride; rushing for 988 yards (averaging 4.6 yards per carry) and 6 touchdowns in 13 games. Hyde followed up his impressive 2016 performance with another solid season in 2017; rushing for 940 yards and 8 touchdowns in his first complete season.
As a result of his impressive final two seasons in San Francisco, Hyde entered free agency as a hot commodity and signed a 3-year $15.25 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, last March. He played in six games for the Browns, rushing for 382 yards and five touchdowns, before being traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars last October. Hyde finished 2018 with 571 total yards and five total touchdowns.
Hyde joins a recently depleted Chief’s running back unit, following the departure of backup running back Spencer Ware (free agency) and release of Kareem Hunt (domestic violence), where he should have a legitimate opportunity to compete for the starting job against breakout star Damien Williams.
Kansas City finished the 2018 regular season at 12–4, narrowly missing the Super Bowl following an overtime loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship.