Free Agency Fallout: Hyde versus Damien
Free Agency Fallout: Hyde versus Damien

Proper free agency still doesn't start until March 13, when contracts expire, but thanks to cuts a few notable players were free to sign with new teams as of Saturday evening.
 

The headline, of course, was Jacksonville's release and Kansas City's subsequent signing of Carlos Hyde on a one-year deal worth just short of $3 million. Hyde's arrival two years removed from consecutive seasons over 900 yards and six touchdowns on the ground figures to rattle the market for Damien Williams, whose ADP sat at 25.5 on DRAFT and 31.88 on BestBall10s as of this publication. Hyde has uncommon athleticism for someone with a 229-pound frame and all the anchor strength you'd expect otherwise. Particularly as a short-yardage and red-zone threat, Hyde isn't easily dismissed.
 

With that said, it's difficult to see Hyde threatening Williams' general distinction as the team's top running back. Both running backs are cheap and the Chiefs are committed to neither in an investment sense – their contracts both contain only $1.6 million in guaranteed money – but Williams fits the offense better and has recent production in his favor. The Hyde signing is probably best understood as insurance against the chance that Williams' excellent seven-game audition at the end of 2018 turns out to be a flash in the pan.
 

There are reasons to lean either way. Williams' career rushing average was ugly in Miami, where he averaged only 3.6 yards per carry in four years. But the biggest of those

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