Cleveland Browns running back Isaiah Crowell has been seen as a potential free agent target by the San Francisco 49ers. That won't be happening. He is signing a three-year deal with the New York Jets, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.


Of course, there has been nothing reported directly linking the 49ers to Crowell. The overall feeling has been that the running back was an inexpensive alternative to Carlos Hyde that would fit head coach Kyle Shanahan's offensive scheme.

"He actually had a pretty good year when was under Kyle Shanahan's offense in Cleveland," our own Zain Naqvi said during an episode of the "No Huddle Podcast" in January. "I think that would be a good addition to this squad ... Crowell makes a lot of sense because he knows the system."

Crowell joined the Browns as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama State in 2014 when Shanahan was the offensive coordinator in Cleveland. In four NFL seasons, he carried the football 737 times for 3,118 yards (4.2 per carry average) with 21 touchdowns. Crowell's best season came in 2016 when he rushed for 952 yards on 198 carries with seven touchdowns while adding 40 receptions for 319 yards.

"Crowell, the last two years – and Cleveland obviously has had their issues the past couple of years – he had 198 carries for 952 yards, 4.8 (yards) per carry, in 2016," said senior writer Al Sacco during the same podcast episode. "This year, it was 206 for 853, 4.1 yards per carry, and he's caught 68 balls combined in the past two years.