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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: May 25, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:17 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Hey skyline, just saying... Robiskie was claimed by the Jaguars like...immediately. I've seen him wide open on a ton of plays and McCoy never even looked in his direction. He's just been in the wrong situation. Our team hasn't been good enough and McCoy has not been consistent enough to give any receiver on the Browns the ball enough. You could put Larry Fitzgerald on the Browns and his numbers would be cut in half. We just have a lot of work needed, starting with better play calling, and consistency on the offensive line.

Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:13 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Madden curse strikes again! I will say this much though: the guy could have handled his injury treatment with a lot more tact. It's not his fault that he got hurt, but the way he's handled things is unfair to the organization. Keep it on schedule. Keep it on the down low. But above all keep it SIMPLE by at least PRETENDING like being a good teammate matters. It's not like he's the first player to get hurt in a contract year. There's no reason to piss people off who, uh, don't need to be pissed off. Like your management. And your fans.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:09 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

It obviosly is important for him to be there to marry his first cousin but even if they wait until after the season is over she will still only be 6-7 months pregnant.  You can take the person out of the trailer park but you never take the trailer out of the person.  He is a spoiled piece of white trash who will disappear into nothing like so many other one season wonders.  One of the reasons they make so much money is because they are asked to put the rest of their life on hold.  He of course should have waited.  Just one of the many reasons they need to get rid of him. 

Since: Oct 15, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:09 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

LOL @ the Steelers comment! What is a team that runs shotgun plays inside the ten gonna do with a powerback?

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:50 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Hey Chop.........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 Mendenhall is not a mistake or you wouldn't be wanting him.

Since: May 28, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:34 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Cleveland (mistake by the lake) making another long line of mistakes if they let Hillis go.  I for one hope they do, that way he could join a winning organization.  Peyton Hillis would look really good wearing the Black & Yellow of Pittsburgh!!!

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:29 pm
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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:27 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

how do you get the statements in the blue box to show up when you want to reply to a specific statement?  Anyone?

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:24 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Just read an article that list both the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals owners as two of the top five  worst owners in the NFL. 

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:23 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Did you miss the part where it said he missed a treatment on his injury to do this? He then injures the hamstring even more the next day in practice. Like another poster already mentioned this type of stuff should be done in the offseason. He is being paid way too much money to miss anything football related for a wedding
No, he isn't. You could pay him a trillion dollars a season and he wouldn't be making too much money to miss anything football-related for a wedding, especially considering it was his own. 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.

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