The Browns are expected to sign running back Carlos Hyde, a person familiar with the situation confirmed Wednesday morning.

NFL Network first reported the deal, adding it's for three years and worth more than $15 million, including $6 million in the first season. The contract cannot be signed until free agency officially begins at 4 p.m. Wednesday.

The Browns didn't waste time securing Hyde to replace Isaiah Crowell, who started every game for Cleveland the past two seasons and plans to sign a three-year contract with the New York Jets when free agency opens.

Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, widely considered the best player in the draft, is in the discussion for the Browns with the first and fourth overall picks in April's draft and cannot be ruled out as a possibility despite the addition of Hyde. However, Browns General Manager John Dorsey picking a quarterback at No. 1 overall is still the likeliest scenario.

Hyde, 27, spent the past four seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, who drafted him the second round (No. 57 overall) out of Ohio State in 2014. He's racked up 655 career carries for 2,729 yards (4.2 average) and 21 touchdowns, plus 109 catches for 634 yards and three touchdowns.

Last season, Hyde played all 16 games for the first time in his career, starting each of them, and compiled 240 carries for 938 yards (3.9 average) and eight touchdowns to go along with 59 catches for 350 yards on 87 targets. Hyde, 6-foot and 235 pounds, dropped nine passes, according to

Hyde, a Cincinnati native, will join Duke Johnson in the Browns' backfield.

Crowell, 25, never missed a game in four seasons with the Browns after they signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State in 2014. He compiled 737 carries for 3,118 yards (4.2 average) and 21 touchdowns, plus 96 catches for 770 yards and a touchdown. Last season, Crowell had 206 carries for 853 yards (4.1 average) and two touchdowns to go along with 28 catches for 182 yards on 42 targets.