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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: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:06 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

And dude since when isVick a great African American QB???  He also is overratted, hes plays in an offense and for a coach that has a man crush on him, the eagles will only go as far as Mccoy lets them, hes a top 3 back this year but gets no respect. Look at the stats, all the eagles wins mccoy has 18 to 25 carries , all the losses he has less then 12 carries ...Tell me who the MVP on the Eagles is?? Its not Vick, its McCoy by a long shot, too bad he cant play blackjack to save his life....and yes played blackjack withhim at hollywoood casino hershey pa this summer...



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:02 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Hillis is overrated anyway, he only had that season last year cause he was forcefeed the ball every play, and instead the 10 he gotthe ball on every carry. You could give any player in the NFL 3 straight carries from inside the 5 and hell score a td, and look at that offense last year, he had 5 catches agame for 10 yards, hes nothing but a Mike Alstott all over again, he wont see any kind of contract over 3 mill a year next offseason, and at that itll be a reserve roll or a fullback spot..



Since: Mar 22, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:45 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Vick was already on the cover once. remember when he broke his leg in pre-season?



Since: Jan 7, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:44 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I would sign him to a long term contract and let him rot on the bench. What a nut case and besides Mr. Lerner can afford it.



Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:40 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I hope the Browns do let Peyton Hillis go.  He can come back home to the Denver Broncos!  We need a solid runner.  We actually need a lot of things, QB, RB, WR, TE, and Defense help too!  I'd like to see Hillis in a Broncos uniform again though!  



Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:22 am
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:08 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Really? Vick? Are you serious? A federally indicted and convicted criminal on the cover of a game geared to youth? What message would that send?

Glad that he has turned his life around, glad that he was a big enough man to be patient and ready for the opportunity. Truly. But as either Superbowl MVP or cover of a game....hope they do not have drug tests where you work.


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Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:59 am
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Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:57 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

You don't get a big contract for one above average year.  1200 yards is good but not outstanding.  He needs to show some consistency first.  Second, why do you get married during the seasion?  You don't take vacations and have weddings during the season in the NFL.  Maybe he is already suffering some brain damage from too many hits.  Hillis is an idiot.



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:53 am
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

It's simple, he's a big RB that gets used a lot which also means short career. His window is small and he knows it so he's not going to let the Browns waste one year of his without a contract. I wouldn't say it's right what Hillis is doing but it's the thought I have looking into the situation.


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