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teammate.

Bell is looking for a new contract and Brown said that “you can’t make
anything better without showing up.” If Bell had shown up for work at the last
few practices, however, he wouldn’t have found Brown there.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Brown has
not been in attendance since taking part in the first two days of OTAs. He’s had
some company on the absentee list. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was there the
first day, but has not been around since then.

“It鈥檚 tough, you wish they were here,” guard David DeCastro said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 a
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The practices are voluntary and neither Brown nor Roethlisberger are alone
among veteran players around the league who choose not to show up for every
session, so DeCastro’s shrug of a response isn’t much of a surprise. It does
make advice centered around showing “you want to get better and show guys you鈥檙e
serious” a bit harder to take.

The Browns quickly stuffed a hole in their
backfield with Carlos Hyde.

Cleveland reached a contract agreement with the free agent running back, who
will replace Isaiah Crowell and give the Browns a bruising runner to complement
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, a person familiar with the negotiations told The
Associated Press on Wednesday. The team is expected to announce the deal after 4
p.m., when teams are permitted to finalize contracts negotiated during the NFL's
two-day "legal tampering period, said the person who spoke on condition of
anonymity for that reason.

NFL Network reported the Browns will give Hyde a three-year, $15 million
deal.

The 27-year-old Hyde, who played at Ohio State, spent the past four seasons
with the San Francisco 49ers. He's started 36 games Jason Spriggs
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, rushed for 2,729 yards, averaged 4.2 yards per carry and
scored 21 touchdowns. Hyde also has 109 catches for 634 yards and three TDs.

Hyde has rushed for over 900 yards the past two seasons, and his addition
will offset the probable loss of Crowell, who has been in talks with the New
York Jets.

The Browns are also exploring a long-term contract with the versatile
Johnson, who was their best offensive player last season when they went
0-16.

With the signing of Hyde Reggie White
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4 overall picks in this year's draft on Penn State's Saquon Barkley, considered
the top running back in this year's class.

Browns general manager John Dorsey has spotted quality running backs deeper
in the draft. Just last year with Kansas City, he selected Kareem Hunt in the
third round and the speedy Hunt rushed for 1,327 yards as a
rookie.

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