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NFL rumors: Seahawks, former 49ers RB Carlos Hyde agree to contract

NFL rumors: Seahawks, former 49ers RB Carlos Hyde agree to contract

Former 49ers running back Carlos Hyde reportedly is returning to the West Coast, but it won't be with the team that drafted him in 2014.

Hyde has agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Friday, citing a source.

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Hyde rushed for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns in 2019 with the Houston Texans. The former 49ers second-round pick spent four seasons in San Francisco before departing in free agency before the 2018 season.

The Seahawks were plagued by injuries at the running back position last year, losing three tailbacks to season-ending ailments. Seattle even had to bring Oakland native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement for the team's Week 17 showdown with the 49ers. While he said in recent months that he had been in talks with the Seahawks about returning in 2020, this likely closes the door on the possibility of Beast Mode returning to Seattle.

Hyde potentially could be making his return to Levi's Stadium in Week 17 when Seattle visits the 49ers to close out the year.

Sources: George Kittle, 49ers making 'healthy progress' on contract

Sources: George Kittle, 49ers making 'healthy progress' on contract

The 49ers and All-Pro tight end George Kittle reach a couple of key junctures in their negotiations toward a contract extension in the coming days.

The sides have not reached any agreement, league sources indicated Wednesday to NBC Sports Bay Area, but they appear to be making “healthier progress” toward a deal that is expected to make Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the NFL by a wide margin.

Earlier this week, Mike Silver of the NFL Network quoted agent Jack Bechta as saying “progress has been minimal” in negotiations.

Kittle reported to training camp on time in late-July. He and his teammates have been taking part in meetings, workouts and walk-throughs at the team's practice facility in Santa Clara. The 49ers are scheduled to hold their first non-padded practices Saturday and Sunday before engaging in their first padded practice on Monday.

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The practices represent the first set of risks for players as they return to the field. Kittle is scheduled to make $2.133 million this season on the final year of his original four-year contract after the 49ers selected him in the fifth-round of the 2017 draft.

In addition to being a major factor in the 49ers’ run game as a blocker, Kittle had more receiving than any tight end in NFL history through three seasons. He has 216 catches for 2,945 yards and 12 touchdowns in 45 games.

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Kittle set the NFL record for most receiving yards in a single season from a tight end with 1,377 yards in 2018.

The Cleveland Browns made Austin Hooper the highest-paid tight end in free agency with a four-year deal that averages $10.5 million a season.

NFL rumors: Rams' Sean McVay approached for 'Monday Night Football' job

NFL rumors: Rams' Sean McVay approached for 'Monday Night Football' job

Sean McVay was the hottest name in the NFL just one year ago. The Los Angeles Rams locked up their head coach to a five-year contract extension in July 2019 after reaching the Super Bowl. 

But after a down season last year, could McVay already have his eyes on a different career path? The New York Post's Andrew Marchand reported ESPN approached McVay about taking an analyst job for "Monday Night Football".

McVay didn't take the job and will remain the Rams' head coach, for now. His situation in the NFC West isn't exactly what it was going into last season, though. 

After going 24-8 his first two seasons as a head coach and winning the division twice, McVay's Rams went just 9-7 in 2019. They failed to make the playoffs and finished third in the NFC West. In the meantime, the 49ers went from 4-12 to Super Bowl runners-up. 

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The NFC West is loaded going into the 2020 season. San Francisco still is seen as the favorites, while the Seattle Seahawks are right behind and the Arizona Cardinals added to their explosive offense by acquiring star receiver DeAndre Hopkins. There's a lot in the Rams' way right now. 

McVay has spoken on his worries of "burning out" as a head coach in the past. He's sure to have a future beyond football one day, and that could come sooner than expected.

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