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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'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'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: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:49 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Listen to how a cleveland radio host feels about the Browns.... Im a fan thru and thru, and I feel the same way, week in week out its the same thing....

 ESPN Cleveland Audio: Rizz loses his patience and his temper with the Browns. A must listen for all fans... 

Since: Feb 2, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:49 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

This guy is nothing more than a 1 hit wonder. Cleveland clearly knows what it's doing with letting this guy walk after the season. Hillis might be the player who suffers the most from the madden curse.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:48 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Jeez...If I am Peyton Hillis I wouldn't be flashing my ahmm "Guns" like that considering all the injuries he has suffered one year after his breakout season. Anyone thinking that there may be a reason the player's are stalling on the HGH testing. Are we really lead to believe that the NFL doesn't have any cheaters? C'mon MAN! Start it up and let's see how real some of these guys really are.

Since: Mar 15, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:35 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

What a bunch of morons for not trading him at the deadline.  Even if all you get is a fifth rounder, that's better than NOTHING!  I've been a Browns fan since I was little and this stuff just gets old after awhile.

Since: Sep 25, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:26 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I think they already have the replacement for Hillis.  I watched Ogbonnaya in pre-season and he was great.  You watch him tomorrow and I bet he averages more yards per carry than Hillis and has as much power.  If Houston wasn't stacked at running back, they never would have put him on the practice squad and allowed Cleveland to get him.  My prediction, Og will be the next Arian Foster and come in when a player is hurt and never relinquish the position.

Since: May 29, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:21 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I'm shocked that a top athlete in their respective sport wants to leave Cleveland.  This has never happened before!?!?!

That poor city -- they can't hold on to their stars. 

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:18 pm
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Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 2:16 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I think I would let him walk, gotta get someone who is more reliable to carry the load! Hillis is made of glass and you know what they say? Glass shatters!

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