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Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:58 pm
Edited on: November 5, 2011 1:58 pm
 
Peyton Hillis at the Madden 12 photo shoot during the offseason. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

For a guy who has only played four games this season, Browns running back Peyton Hillis sure is in the news a lot. Whether it's a nagging hamstring injury, whinging about a new contract or no-showing at a Boys and Girls Club Halloween event, Hillis' 2011 season has a series of off-field missteps.

This comes a year after Hillis was one of the league's best running backs, rushing for 1,177 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns. Things were going so well that he landed the Madden 12 cover this offseason, and as recently as two weeks ago, the Browns front office sounded like it had every intention of re-signing the centerpiece of their offense.

Here's team president Mike Holmgren on October 20: “There was no way I was going to trade Peyton Hillis.”

On Saturday, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer Mary Kay Cabot writes that, according to NFL sources, the Browns are at the end of their rope with Hillis and are prepared to let him hit the bricks after the season.

"It's one thing after another, and what's been out there isn't even the half of it," one source said.

And that's not hyperbole. It really has been a nonstop comedy of errors for Hillis this season. Friday, we wrote that his teammates held a sit-down with the running back (via Yahoo.com's Michael Silver).

The peculiar saga of Peyton Hillis
"By Wednesday, a group of about eight Browns veterans had summoned Hillis into a meeting room for an intervention-style, air-clearing session designed to restore his focus. After a breakout season in 2010 that vaulted him to national prominence, including a spot on the Madden NFL ’12 cover, the 25-year-old back’s consuming desire for a new contract has become a locker room distraction that numerous teammates regard as an impediment to cohesion and collective success."

Backup quarterback Seneca Wallace confirmed to Cabot that some Browns players weren't particularly excited that Hillis flew to Arkansas last Tuesday to get married instead of coming in for treatment.

"Of course we're going to be a little upset if Peyton's not in there getting his treatment," Wallace told Cabot. "We're a team, and we rely on each other. But if he felt he wanted to go get married that day, that's his business. You never really know what a person is going through. You don't know what type of influences a person might have. I don't know the stuff that Peyton has going on in his life."

It's unclear what Hillis' end game is here. Yes, he deserves a raise for his performance last season. But in the last eight weeks, not only has he burned through any goodwill he had with the organization and the fans, he's cost himself millions -- plural -- of dollars. Not only in Cleveland but around the league. Teams aren't in the habit of signing malcontents, particularly running backs -- the easiest position to replace on the roster. Right, Chris Johnson?

And at this point in the proceedings it probably goes without saying, but, yeah, Hillis has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Texans.


Matt Schaub and the Houston Texans will host Colt McCoy and the Cleveland Browns on Sunday at Reliant Stadium. Join Jason Horowitz and NFL.com's Pat Kirwan as they take a look at this matchup. Watch the game at 1 PM ET on CBS.

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:55 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

OK here is the plan!

He gets this week off.

Next week he plays a little. (a warm up if you will)
 
Then if he doesn't get 100 yards in the 5 remaining division games he's out the door.

We'll even give him Arizona off.

Now is the time for him & his stupid brother to shut their mouths & talk ON the field!




Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: November 7, 2011 7:44 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Hillis will be washing cars in two years

- too strenuous.  He could come out with a book, "How to go from Hero to Tool all at once" by Peyton Hillis.



Since: Oct 7, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Hillis will be washing cars in two years...<br />




Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:52 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

The Curse is real!!



Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:01 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season


Last yr he was our hero. This yr hes our goat. Its the Madden Curse. Had to happen



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:00 pm
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Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:55 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Hillis does have talent. Hope he gets his head screwed on straight, avoids more injuries and comes back with a vengeance!



Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:54 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Whtietrash,
Interesting how you (not so subtly) inserted that you played blackjack with him in Hershey PA........as if anyone really cares. And when you say you PLAYED with him probably all it was was standing behind him watching him as you wished you could play the $500 per hand table instead of the $5. LOL.



Since: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:04 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

@ryan wilson: *whining, *proofread. 



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:37 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

25 and raging Moron


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