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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: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:38 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

You guys, forget that he had nearly 900 yards, and 4-5 TD's with denver in 7 games. Just saying. As a Bronco fan, he played well. Didn't fit Mc-damit's system either. He is a complementary piece for a team, who needs a plodder to finish games, maybe like Green Bay as a closer in the 4th.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:31 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Matt Jones was a former Arkansas player that was a bum, too. Must be the type player Houston Nutt coached when he was with the Razorbacks... bums.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:20 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

thefire, have you lost your mind?? Houston will never let Foster walk. he's a guy to build a franchise around!! Stay off the drugs!

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:17 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I wish Peyton Hillis the best were every he is at but the Browns have then the right thing by not resigning him to a long-term rich contract because a lot of players have had one good year and have been signed by a long-term rich contract and have never lived up to their end so I don't blame the Browns at all by staying still and seeing if he would repeat his good year from last to this year but that will not happen and because Hillis is complaining that his bad injury plug year is because of trying to rework his contract is to me bull because that's what players try to use against the owners so good work by the Browns because I really doubt that he will be a good RB in the NFL throughout his career but I still will root for him yet.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2011 12:17 am

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Get Hillis out of the headlines. If he doesn't want to play then let's move on. Any talent that he has isn't significant here now. We need to focus on those who want to play. There's a lot of season left, much to learn and there are many young guys in the squad who want to have a chance to show what they can do, and display their dedication to the team.  Hillis isn't the guy.  Forget him now; let's move on.

Since: Oct 11, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:59 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Yea we are serious! We want healthy dedicated players who care about their job. If he would have stayed for treatment maybe he would not have been injured a day later. Marriage is a big deal and he showed no dedication to his wife squeezing in a tuesday marriage How nice do think that day was for her? On top of that he pissed off his teammates, coaches, fans and got hurt again. I can't beieve you think we are not serious you must be joking. What he should have done is get healthy, play his balls off, make evryone happy, get a new big contract and throw one hell of a wedding in the offseason to celebrate. Instead he did what he did and oh by the way he also skipped an appearance at the local boys and girls club on halloween because he said there was miscommunication with his scheduler who by the way is his brother. This guy is an idiot and as a lifelong Browns fan I can't wait until he is gone.

Since: Oct 3, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:29 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

And, his "one good season" occurred in a 5-11, never in contention, effort by the Browns.  Hell, why not just cut him at this point, what's the diff?  It's not like the Browns have even the slightest chance of contention this year.  Looking at their schedule, they could well be on their way to a 5-11 three peat.  Is this team jinxed or what.

Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:40 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

The problem is that he's a power running back, and the power running game is not part of the new west coast offense that Shurmur has installed.  Hillis is not going to be productive in this system, ever.  His days in Cleveland are done...

Since: Feb 23, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:33 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

New contract?? How about posting 3 straight season of 1000 yds and 10 plus TDs first! Who gets married on a tuesday? Someone insecure either him or his bride! One great season and its goes straight to your head, 1000 yds but you missed the playoffs! Another goof thats a cry baby..

Since: Jan 5, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:30 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Peyton Hillis is the best proof why you should never pay someone like Peyton Hillis.

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