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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: May 25, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:58 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

It will be nice to see Arian Foster in a Browns Uniform next year..   or a Matt Forte.....   Houston will let him walk with Tate in the fold now... 



Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Good riddance. Take the money and go after Matt Forte please!! He will cost more but is well worth it and he will make the city forget about Hillis and as long as the Bears arent gonna give him a deal we might as well do it, if you wanna get better you gotta sign better players...



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:45 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Can EA sports drop him off the cover.....what joke.



Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

How exactly does someone who's been a member since 2006 not know how to do this?  Moron.  Copy, Paste, Quote.  I take it you don't have a high-paying job....


I take it you don't have many friends, INtoHI.


Jefgg
Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:27 pm
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Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:22 pm
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Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:19 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

How is it a mistake to "Let him go" it is not their choice u jackwagon.  He's a free agent. I wouldn't exactly say Menenhall is not a mistake or you wouldn't be wanting him.


Who uses the word "jackwagon" outside of 70-year old military guys?

And if you "wouldn't say Mendenhall is not a mistake", what point are you trying to make, exactly?



Since: Jul 21, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Lerner is behind this I bet. He wants its to be the London Browns.
 



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I'm so glad we got Seneca Wallace's take on this. He really drives home how selfish Hillis is to opt to attend a wedding, albeit his own, over getting treatment for an ailing hamstring. Only a team cancer would choose something as trivial and meaningless as exchanging wedding vows over something as sacred and with such "big picture" impact as 2 hours of physical therapy. Thanks, Seneca.



Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I'm so glad we got Seneca Wallace's take on this. He really drives home how selfish Hillis is to opt to attend a wedding, albeit his own, over getting treatment for an ailing hamstring. Only a team cancer would choose something as trivial and meaningless as exchanging wedding vows over something as sacred and with such "big picture" impact as 2 hours of physical therapy. Thanks, Seneca.


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