BEREA — Running back Carlos Hyde will be traveling to Florida but it won't be with the Browns on their weekend trip to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
On Friday, the Browns traded Hyde to the Jacksonville Jaguars for a 2019 fifth-round draft pick. The Jaguars (3-3) will host the Houston Texans (3-3) on Sunday as the Browns (2-3-1) visit the Bucs (2-3) elsewhere in the Sunshine State.
Hyde started five of the Browns' first six games and compiled 114 carries for a team-leading 382 yards (3.4 average) and five touchdowns. The rest of the roster has combined for nine touchdowns. An Ohio State product who spent his first four NFL seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Hyde also caught six passes for 29 yards during his brief tenure in Cleveland.
His exit will clear the way for rookie second-round draft pick Nick Chubb and versatile veteran Duke Johnson to get more touches. Chubb has 16 carries for 173 yards (10.8 average) and two touchdowns but no catches. Johnson has 19 carries for 111 yards (5.8 average) and 14 catches for 164 yards.
Browns General Manager John Dorsey signed Hyde, 28, in March to a three-year, $15.25 million contract, which includes $8 million guaranteed. The Jaguars were in need of a running back because starter Leonard Fournette is dealing with a nagging hamstring injury. On Sunday, he will miss his fifth game in six weeks.
Browns coach Hue Jackson has repeatedly said he wants Chubb and Johnson to get the ball more. Although the logic behind the trade is hard to miss, the move is still a surprise. Free safety Damarious Randall's reaction on Twitter was, "Wait what."
The drumbeat for Chubb to receive more carries began Sept. 30 when he rushed three times for 105 yards (35 average) and two touchdowns in a 45-42 overtime loss to the Oakland Raiders. However, Chubb has gotten three carries in each of the two games since then.
Johnson has been one of the franchise's top playmakers since former GM Ray Farmer drafted him in the third round in 2015. Dorsey rewarded Johnson in June with a three-year, $15.6 million contract extension. Yet Johnson has just 33 touches and publicly expressed frustration last week.
Now the opportunities will obviously increase for Chubb and Johnson, but the Browns are taking a risk by reducing their depth at running back.
The Browns have the following picks in next year's draft: their own choices in the first six rounds, plus an extra third-round selection, two more fifths and a conditional seventh.
And Dorsey may not be done wheeling and dealing before the NFL's 4 p.m. Oct. 30 trade deadline.
Hoping to halt
Jackson plans to address his players about the team's 23-game road losing streak when he speaks to them Saturday.
"We need to understand," he said.
The Browns haven't won on the road since Oct. 11, 2015, when they defeated the Baltimore Ravens 33-30 in overtime. Mike Pettine was the coach then, so the Browns still haven't won an away game on Jackson's watch.
They're 0-2 on the road this season, losing 21-18 to the New Orleans Saints and by three points to the Raiders in OT.
"We just have to get over that other hump of doing it and just making sure that we are finishing," Jackson said.
The Detroit Lions hold the NFL record for the longest road losing streak. They lost 26 consecutive away games from 2007 to 2010 and halted the streak with a 23-20 overtime victory over the Buccaneers on Dec. 19, 2010.
As expected, the Browns ruled out starting cornerback E.J. Gaines (concussion), starting middle linebacker Joe Schobert (hamstring) and No. 3 wide receiver Rashard Higgins (knee).
They also listed starting center JC Tretter (high-ankle sprain) as questionable to face the Bucs, but Tretter said he expects to play and returned to practice Friday on a limited basis.
"Knowing JC, he's going to compete and go play," Jackson said.
The Bucs ruled out starting defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (calf) and starting defensive end Vinny Curry (ankle). They listed starting cornerback Carlton Davis (back) and starting safety Jordan Whitehead (hamstring) as questionable.
McCoy and Curry each have 1.5 sacks. McCoy is a six-time Pro Bowl selection.
"He's one of the players on their team," Jackson said. "It makes a huge difference."
Feeling the heat
The Browns will go from practicing in 50-degree temperatures in Berea to playing Sunday in the low 80s in Tampa, Fla.
"We've talked about it," Jackson said. "We'll take all the proper precautions to make sure that our guys are hydrated the right way so we can handle the heat. We don't need anybody passing out obviously on the sideline or losing a player because of it. That's something we have to manage the right way."