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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 6, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:25 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

"Browns players weren't particularly excited that Hillis flew to Arkansas last Tuesday to get married instead of coming in for treatment"

Seriously??



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:22 pm
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Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 5:06 pm
 

Dumb, Misleading Article

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.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:53 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

It is Cleveland Policy to do things the asinine way just like Robiskie & all the others they have just "cut loose".

Instead of shopping them for weeks, they just cut them & get NOTHING in return.

You can keep trading for draft picks all you want but when you just send them packing it does double the damage which is all they keep doing!

NOT a way to BUILD a franchise now is it?

Robiskie could have been shopped to Atlanta (to join Daddy) Minnesota, Chicago, Houston, Arizona & yes Jacksonville.

Hillis could be shopped to Green Bay, Tampa Bay, Seattle, Oakland, Miami, Washington, NY Jets / Giants, Indy,  just to name a few.

BUT NO!! They'll just cut him like the idiots they are. Take anything a practice squad RB a #3 or 4 RB ANYTHING!

JUST GET SOMETHING FOR HIM!

I would much rather them throw millions at Forte (cause you know the Bears won't) then give them to Hillis.

Even without Hillis they now have an NFL backfield but still missing the Superback.

With Hardesty, Jackson, Ogbannaya they now have the depth they haven't had since Mack & Byner.

Add a stud like Forte & it's complete.

Of course if they had Julio Jones, Robiskie could have been cut preseason.



Since: May 16, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:36 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

Sorry...but I'm all in in on the Madden Curse!



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:35 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I'm sorry, but Hillis is going to get burned in this.  He is in no position to be doing what he is.  This is his 4th year in the league.  He did nothing the 1st 2 years in Denver, then was given the gift of being traded to Cleveland to be a featured RB.  He did  ok.  He ran for 1177 yards, but only for 4.4 per carry.  Now this year happens and he takes a big steaming crap on the Browns organization.  Sorry, but he's not worth an extension based on any criteria.  My Bears RB Matt Forte has accomplished much more and still can't get the money he wants; arguable if he deserves it, but no one deserves it mor than him.  RBs are a dime a dozen, Hillis is no different.  We're all seeing the payback T.O. is getting now and Hillis will get the same.  How many times do your parents have to tell you not to bite the hand that feeds.  Hillis will be working in a factory in 3 years. 



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:29 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

The Madden Curse has nothing to do with this.




Since: Mar 11, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:22 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I cant beleive his teamates are ripping a guy that went home to go get married. Im sorry but the browns are the only thing on the planet. Family always comes first. 
He has a job that is a regid schedule for 6 months of the year, and a laid back schedule for 6 months of the year.  As a member of an orgainzation, which do you think is the more responsible time?

FYI:  If you're struggling to answer that, there is a reason most teachers get married in July and August despite May, June, September and October being the most desired wedding months of the year, its becuase thats what a responsible employee does. 



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

awww petyon's ego is bruised. OH NO...



Since: Mar 6, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Browns could let Peyton Hillis walk after season

I cant beleive his teamates are ripping a guy that went home to go get married. Im sorry but the browns are the only thing on the planet. Family always comes first. 


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