49ers Rumors: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco Discussing Contract Extension

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistOctober 8, 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - OCTOBER 01:  Carlos Hyde #28 of the San Francisco 49ers runs with the ball against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
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The San Francisco 49ers reportedly have begun discussing a contract extension with running back Carlos Hyde, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. 

Per that report, "sources said new general manager John Lynch, who did not draft Hyde but thinks highly of his ability, would like to extend his contract and has been making attempts to do as much."

As La Canfora noted, however, an extension is hardly guaranteed. With 2018's free-agent class at running back expected to be barren, Hyde could be in for quite a payday if a bidding war emerges for his services. 

But the other side of the coin is Hyde's injury history. He missed 14 games in his first three seasons, including two this year, which could limit his value. That could leave a divide between the 49ers, who will want to limit their risk in a big-money extension, and Hyde, who will want to maximize his earnings.

Certainly, when he's been on the field, he's been effective for the team, rushing for 321 yards and two touchdowns. The team has been pleased with his efforts, both during the season and in the offseason in preparation for the 2017 campaign.

"He got lighter and in much better shape," Lynch told 95.7 The Game, per Cam Inman of the Mercury News. "It’s showing. It’s paying dividends on the field. So we’re thrilled with the way he’s playing. He’s got to continue to do it."