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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 29, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:08 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Actually its not like the Season snuck up on him so running off to get married during the season shows he isnt putting the team first.  What would happen to you if you ran off on a work day to get married withotu first getting the day off? Secondly he had one good season last I looked that doesnt equal a big paycheck unless your organization if full of stupid people.   Look fact is his teammates are questioning his heart and dedication tot he team.  When that happens there is usually some truth to the claims. 

 



Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:06 pm
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Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I can see why he's unhappy witht the team. First he gets cussed at for not playing with strep throat, then they yell at him for not playing with a bad hamstring, and then they get their panties in a twist because he got married. Wow stay classy Browns.

The quote "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." says a lot about the organization. 



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:41 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

You crazy if you think houston would let foster walk.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:22 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

It might be cut throat, it might not be fair, but paying a bunch of money to a running back is foolish. We see it time and time again, pretty much any time a RB runs into any little hiccup in his career, his days are numbered. I would be willing to bet a few paychecks Hillis never again rushes for as many yards as he did last year. I'm pretty confident he won't even rush for another 1177 in his career.



Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:06 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

At the rate that the Bears are burning through Matt Forte's reserve, there won't be enough of him left next year to be serviceable.  He might be a heck of a running back, but unless the Bears start spreading the ball around, he's going to be toast at the end of this year, and probably much degraded for next.



Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:05 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

A wedding is important. A football game isn't. Doesn't matter if he missed treatment, practice or even a game. You don't complain about him missing anything to go get married
A football game isn't important to you or me or in the grand scheme of things but this football game is his job and yes it should be important to him. If someone is paying you to be ready to compete and be ready for your job you have no excuses not to be. A wedding can be scheduled during the offseason. This guy is arguing he deserves a raise and is under paid. Well, everything he has done this year is showing he deserves and will get none of that.



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:49 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Lol, just saw your post judge_ga.  At least i wasnt the only one who thinks this.  Funny thing is i tried this before and i did not work for me.  Must have messed something up in the process.  Guess that makes me a moron with a low paying job that cant get dbags profile names correct, right INtoGUYS?



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:33 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season



Low blow INtoIT, but your right i do not have a high paying job.   I can only assume you dont have very many friends.  Thanks for the help.



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

This guy typifies an Arkansas redneck to the T. Put him on a tractor with his skoal hat a set of overalls and send him back to hillbilly heaven in Arkansas. How a white guy in a city that is strictly blue collar can be despised speaks volumes.



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