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Browns talking extension with Peyton Hillis?

Posted on: August 31, 2011 10:12 am
Posted by Will Brinson

If one thing's become abundantly clear since the Browns fleeced the Broncos for Peyton Hillis (they gave Brady Quinn in return and got some draft picks as well!), it's that Hillis goes with Cleveland like potatoes and perogies.

So it kind of makes sense -- knowing that general manager Tom Heckert wants to lock in "players we like and want to be here" and knowning that they've shored up the left side of the offensive line for the future -- to hear that the Browns and Hillis are talking about a contract extension.

That's according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, who reports that the "wheels have begun turning" in order to get Hillis more money than the four-year minimum of $455,000 he'll make in 2011.

Hillis has seen his Q-rating skyrocket over the last year, thanks to his explosive 2010 season when he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns. That performance led to widespread love from fantasy football players and, eventually, a spot on the Madden 2012 cover.

The latter came about because of a grassroots campaign that was, as Hillis told me during the unveiling, absolutely overwhelming in terms of public support.

And now his success appears to be paying dividends, though the Browns and Hillis certainly aren't making a big, public fuss about getting the running back more money.

Which seems appropriate on all fronts.

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Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 3:30 pm

Browns talking extension with Peyton Hillis?

If I were the Browns I would probably 2nd guess this with him on the Madden Cover.

Since: Sep 16, 2009
Posted on: August 31, 2011 2:43 pm

Browns talking extension with Peyton Hillis?

They better pay him.  He's the only offense they've got!  The fact that the Browns are even considering cold feet evidences how pathetic of a franchise they are. 

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: August 31, 2011 12:46 pm

Browns talking extension with Peyton Hillis?

He's possibly the toughest guy in football.  The guy broke his back in college and still came back to play the same year.  He never whined about having enough carries, even though he was stuck in the shadow of Felix Jones and Darren McFadden.  A true team player that can do anything on the football field.  I'm pretty sure they could put him on the offensive line and he wouldn't care, and he'd probably even be good there.  Way too often, you don't hear about guys like this, just the guys holding out for more money (Chris Johnson...).  Go Hogs!

Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: August 31, 2011 11:01 am

Browns talking extension with Peyton Hillis?

The Browns are crazy if they don't lock this guy up.  He's the face of the franchise.   The fans love him.   Hell, I'm a fan and I hate the Browns.   Seems like a good dude and he runs like a damn mack truck

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