No. 1: Running Back Carlos Hyde
The other day, I wrote a piece on why the 49ers won’t release Carlos Hyde this season — merely to snuff out some of the Twitter suggestions and comments I had been reading.
We know the story — Hyde isn’t the hand-picked tailback of this new regime. Fourth-round draftee Joe Williams is. And while the idea of a two-headed monster is both enticing and practical, the earlier signs of San Francisco’s brass being frustrated with Hyde isn’t exactly a ringing endorsement.
Hyde enters a contract year this season — essentially a prove-it year where he’ll be expected to finally crest 1,000 rushing yards.
Even if he does, do the Niners envision him as a legitimate part of their future plans beyond 2017?
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Yes, Hyde remains one of the best assets on San Francisco’s roster, which is why I personally don’t think a move takes place. But there’s an equally worthy argument to move him via a trade as well.
The reason is Hyde still has notable value, one of only a handful of 49ers who do. It’s possible the 49ers could move him for a third-round pick, maybe even a conditional second if he breaks 1,000 yards.
If San Francisco doesn’t view Hyde as a part of the future, it makes sense the team would try to get something for him while it can.