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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: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:20 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Oh how fame goes to ones head.  I really thought that with all this "Thats what being a man is" talk, that Peyton Hillis would be a MAN about all this contract stuff.  I just wish i would not here about how much of a MAN he is being.  I think his PRIDE is getting in the way, and maybe his new Bride is too. I wonder how long his marriage will last without a big contract or a team to play for.  This maybe wrong of me to say, but he was all good last year when he was a bachelor.  The things that will go to your head with a little influence, so to speek.

Since: Mar 18, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 6:10 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

It's unfortunate, but he's a 25 year old millionare who needs some better guidance in his life...before he pisses it all away.

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:53 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

The Browns front office is so mis-managed they have made the owner in the other corner of Ohio look like he knows what he's doing. It's a testiment to the loyalty of Brown's fans that this organization is allowed to have a franchise. My hat's off to you Brown's fans. 

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:46 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Please change your name from theGM to have no idea what you are talking about!. Yea, it is asinine to cut Robiskie...because he was SOOOOO are THE idiot...they cut Robiskie because he couldn't run routes...something that an NFL wide receiver MUST do.  They gave him 3 years to LEARN and he still couln't get it.  What are you a Buckeye fan who can bear to think that your beloved Robiskie was nothing more than a good college player?  Robiskie was terrible for the Browns.  How terrible? No other team put a waiver claim in for him, that's how terrible. If Atlanta, Minnesota, Chicago, Houston or any of the other teams you list haven't claimed him, or even contacted him for a really think they were going to part with ANYTHING in a trade? Listen, the Browns do have a history of making the wrong player decisions sometimes, but letting Robiskie walk was the right thing to do.

And what do you think an NFL team will offer the Browns for Hillis? My guess is a conditional 7th rounder if anything at all.  Sure, he had 11 TDs and 1100 yards LAST season, but he has proven THIS season that he is an injury risk and apparently a head case. Believe me, there won't be a market for this guy if he continues to miss games and tick off his teammates.  Why do you think no NFL teams showed up to Terrell Owens' workout? No one wants to deal with the head case.  Hmmm...I bet you think the Browns should sign TO...

As for Julio Jones...let's just wait and see how that one plays out.  Jones is still an injury risk and the Browns have some draft picks that might turn out to be good players. Too soon to say who got the better end of that deal.

Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:42 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season


Since: Dec 29, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:42 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I'm not ready to proclaim on hit wonder just yet but, this guy has to get his priorities straight.

Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:32 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Ok, let's face it.  Weddings are generally not a last minute planned event, meaning, he scheduled his wedding day during football season.  I have a job that has leave restrictions and while talking to my fiance at the time, we scheduled around all upcoming obstacles for our wedding day.  Anyone who is serious about what they do for a living wouldn't make a grade school mistake like this and plan a wedding during the busiest time of his/her job.  

Just goes to show he doesn't care about others or his teammates.  Sorry Peyton, you lost my respect.   

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:32 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Anybody else think there might have been a reason that Hillis was shipped out of Denver for basically nothing?

Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:28 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

poor planning on getting married during the football season. look at the fine mess the titans are in after signing lil wayne errrr....chris johnson. the choice is easy here by the browns office. can u say one-hit wonder?

Since: Jul 15, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:28 pm

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

The only thing this article says is he went home one weekend to get married. Big freak'n deal. He didn't break any laws, miss any meetings or practice time. It's none of his fellow player's damn buslness when he gets married. If any of my fellow office mates were to be worried about his coworkers not liking him getting married then he would be a pussy and not man enough to get married anyway.
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.

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