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Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:52 am
 
Hillis isn't likely a candidate for a franchise tag. (US Presswire)
By Will Brinson

When the Browns went out and signed D'Qwell Jackson to a new five-year deal last week, it seemed like a good indication that they'd use their franchise tag elsewhere. Perhaps running back Peyton Hillis would be a target.

But that doesn't appear to be the case. Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Browns are "unlikely" to use the tag on Hillis, but may still attempt to re-sign the running back before free agency begins on March 13.

The price for tagging a running back is $7.7 million, all of which is guaranteed, so it shouldn't be shocking that the Browns will avoid using that on Hillis. Not only would that be overpaying for his 2012 production, but it would be giving Hillis too high a number for baseline negotiations going forward.

Hills struggled badly in 2012, after a breakout 2011 season that landed him on the Madden cover. He played in just 10 games last year, ran for just 587 yards and saw his rushing yards per attempt dip nearly a full yard, from 4.4 in 2010 to 3.6 last season. He found the end zone just three times in 2011 after 13 total touchdowns in 2010. And he had reported issues with his contract off the field as well.

A more likely candidate for the Browns tag? Their kicker, Phil Dawson. Cabot writes that it's "doubtful" the Browns use the tag at all. If Dawson, who turned 37 in January, were to get the tag from the Browns, he'd be guaranteed $3.8 million.

While that's not outrageous, there's something about "using a franchise tag on a 37-year-old kicker" that just screams "we won't contend this year."

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lovemeyou
Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:20 pm
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Since: Apr 29, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:18 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Franchise Hillis?? Ha ha ha. No chance.


abbiethanksgod
Since: Feb 28, 2012
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Since: Feb 10, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 7:18 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis is a stud that we need on our team. The curse is over. He needs a healthy pre season, a new agent, and some upgraded passing weapons on his team. We need to sign this guy and see if he can be healthy for a year. He does fit the West Coast, as he is an above average pass catcher. Can you forget watching him play in 2010. Look up some highlight footage.



Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:38 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Check out the top RB's in the NFL and tell me about the records of their teams.



Well, theres Ray Rice, he was in the playoffs, Frank Gore, Playoffs as well, Adrian Foster, yup, playoffs, Michael Turner, playoffs as well....  



What kind of GM spends early round picks on RB's anymore when you can just get one in the 4th round and plug him into your pass-first system and be fine?

lol..really?



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:17 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

apparently its easier to put down someone elses comment than actually contribute to the conversation


Plus, there seems to be a pretty big market for an "average" RB

The non-signing created another position that will probably be addresses in the early rounds of the draft. since the average RB was their starter.


But thanks for dropping by and being a turd.
Yes, it is easier, and no problem.

What's this "big market" you speak of?

Are you speaking of the fact that there will be absolutely 0 non-franchised RB's of value in Free Agency this year?  Yes, I agree.

If you've been away at sea for 7 years and finally get into port and one of the professional ladies doesn't have the clap - there will certainly be a "big market" for her.

You are correct that not signing him leaves a hole.  You are not correct in assuming that that hole needs to be addressed in an early round.  What kind of GM spends early round picks on RB's anymore when you can just get one in the 4th round and plug him into your pass-first system and be fine?

Check out the top RB's in the NFL and tell me about the records of their teams.



Since: Nov 3, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:13 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Give him 3.2 mil a year for 3 years...  or lower base and incentive-laden up to higher amounts.  Brownies have approx 27 mil to play with.  Let's lock in a few positions.  I just don't think the Browns organization thinks Hillis is their WCO guy.  He's kind of a symbol of the direction the Browns were going before Shurmur.  Out with the old, in with the new...  If he's not resigned, we'll go for someone with more speed and good hands in FA.  Maybe a Michael Bush?  Raiders didn't franchise him...  Or maybe trade down for Richardson, if the asking price from the Rams is too high for their RG3 pick.



Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:11 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

who cares about Mr. Cursed



Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 6:05 pm
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Since: Feb 21, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

I would say there is a 40% chance Hillis ends up in Tampa Bay. Hillis resembles a familiar RB here in Tampa that wore number 40. White guy, simliar running style, who was revered in Tampa. 


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