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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: Nov 6, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:34 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Dude, take some grammar lessons and get a spell check!

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2011 7:47 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

That whole "Madden curse" thing seems to carry more weight than some people might imagine!  It definitely has the edge over black cats, broken mirrors, walking under ladders and full moons!!!  LOL

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 6:47 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I agree with you, this is a money issue. DeSean Jackson in a similar position in Philly. Hillis plays a more brutal position and he wants to get the contract/money squared away before he goes back to a position that destroys his body. RB/FB is a position that is one of the higher risk to injury positions. He wants to be paid significantly better to risk becoming a cripple every down/carry.

Since: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:53 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

He was at least average before that breakout year last year. I think playing well is due to the fact he wants to get the monet. I think he is using that line by now to the Browns - Show me the money. So if not better forget it because he will just use that injury card until he gets signed. As fo the Browns part they sjould had done something before the season started they sgould had signed him then if not serious on having him long term trading him is a possiblity then now they just got someone who does not want to play. So it is all on the Browns and how they manage their team i think.

Since: May 9, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 2:50 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I still think we need him to the end...let's hope he gets better and helps us have a break out season. We sure need one.

Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:32 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

hey djob, actually Hillis only ran for 393 yards with 8 starts in his 2 years in Denver

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:25 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I get where the players are coming from with the treatments Peyton Hillis missed but I wanted to ask you all, is Senaca Wallace the best guy to be getting a quote from.  Not that I follow the Browns but has this guy even taken a snap this year other than kneel downs or handoffs?  So the real question is why was Seneca getting treatment at all, what, to act like he was part of the team or does he get sore easily holding that clipboard?

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:12 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Did anyone really think this guy could be a featured RB for years to come?? This isn't 1950.  He had one fluke year. Guy will be lucky to sign on with some team next year as a full back who gets maybe 5 carries a game if he is lucky.

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:55 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Hey.....  Watch...  Ben Tate has a a 6 million dollar contract that he got when he was drafted 2 years ago..  Then Foster splashed on the scene....  They are not going to pay both backs over 6 million each...   I will stay off the drugs...  if they keep both.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:47 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

WOW, If the press reports something the entire sports world believes it.  His Arkansas running back teammates are all out this week with injuries and somehow Houston Nutt and Marsians are responsible for it.  Fans need to look beyond the headlines. 

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