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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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Comments

Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:17 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

So if the Browns don't re-sign an average RB, they won't try to fix their QB position?  Those are some funky tea leaves you're reading.


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.   





Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:10 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

I think Peyton Hillis is a good running back.  He needs to be in a two back system though, not the workhorse.  He'd be a good compliment to a speedy guy. 



Since: May 29, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 5:00 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

if the browns dont resign Hillis, its a telling sign they wont make a play @ RGIII, they will keep their 2 first rounders
So if the Browns don't re-sign an average RB, they won't try to fix their QB position?  Those are some funky tea leaves you're reading.

  



Since: Jun 9, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:43 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

no, becuase then i'd be an idiot.  Hillis was DRAFTED, Lin wasn't.  Hillis earned his first starting spot on his own, not from injury.  Hillis was never cut...Lin was twice.  stop trying to make connections to the Lin story...there aren't any.  He's a completely unique story.



Since: Feb 15, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:42 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

maybe just the Madden curse?? He could be back to his historic numbers this year



Since: Jun 22, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 3:13 pm
 

The Great White Hope...

You were their only chance Peyton...



Since: Feb 25, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:40 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Is anyone else thinking that Jeremy Lin will be next years Petyon Hillis??



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 2:23 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

.....but Cleveland won't contend this year, or any other year for a long time...  Hey, they gotta sign Hillis, and they gotta grab RGIII.  McCoy's had enough.  He may be the one who wants out, and from the looks of it, Wallace DEFINITELY wants out.  So what do you do? You put an offense on the field next year that won't embarrass itself.  Get some damn good linebackers behind Fujita and Jackson, and maybe you'll win 6-8 games like you're supposed to!




Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:52 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

if the browns dont resign Hillis, its a telling sign they wont make a play @ RGIII, they will keep their 2 first rounders



Since: Nov 13, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 1:26 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

From EA Madden cover boy to falling out-of-touch with the Cleveland Browns--SMH.


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