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Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

Posted on: January 31, 2012 11:34 am
Hills could be back in Cleveland next year. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

2011 wasn't Peyton Hillis' year. But maybe 2012 already got him clear of the Madden Curse, as the Browns reportedly want to re-sign the running back, despite his injuries during the previous season.

That's according to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, who reports that Hillis "worked his way back into the team's good graces" over the final six weeks of the season, and that Cleveland would like him back in 2012.

Hillis struggled with injuries, a belief that he was soft, playing time, and all the other things that accompany the Madden Curse in 2011. After busting out for 1,177 yards in 2011, Hillis took a major step back in 2012, rushing for just 587 yards in 10 games, nine of which he started.

At one point, he was the embodiment of Cleveland athletics, a blue-collar guy whose style of running fit perfectly with the way Cleveland sees itself. Which is precisely why the Browns kept saying they'd re-sign him.

That they're now interested in locking up Hillis again is interesting, but perhaps the timing of the interest is obvious, given how much cheaper  Hillis will be to sign than he was a year ago at this time.

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Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: February 2, 2012 12:49 pm

Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

please! no RGIII! Go Browns!

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:04 am

Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

The season Peyton Hillis had raised a lot of questions about durability and if he can stay healthy. Every NFL player goes through injuries. When healthy, Peyton Hillis is unstoppable, I had a close look last year at M&T Bank Stadium against the Ravens. He ran over us like we were a bad defense. If Cleveland let him walk, TWO things can either happen, (1). Cleveland is either moving on and will draft Trent Richardson with that 4th overall in April OR (2). Peyton Hillis is not in the plans moving forward and if he does hit free agency, a lot of teams pursue major interest in him. Right now, Cleveland are being smart, tell everybody that they are not going to let him walk and try to re-SIGN THIS KID before someone else would. 

Future players on this franchise: (if everything goes as plan)

(1). Robert Griffin
(2). Peyton Hillis
(3). Joe Haden
(4). Greg Little
(5). Phil Taylor 

Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:38 pm

Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

i`ll take Hillis back! Call it the Madden curse or a down year, The guy will make you pay when you try to tackle him. Hopefully we give him alittle money and keep this beast around 

Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 11:34 pm

Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

Pittsbug is 25 mill. over the salary cap. need to worry about Wallace. Gonna have to get rid of half of thier senior citizen def. just to do that.

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:38 pm

Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

Sign the man already!! All he ever does is give you 110% every time he's on the field! I REFUSE to believe he'd fake or drag out an injury or skip a game or any practice time at all due to a false case of strep throat!! That's absolutely INSANE! No doubt derived of a few closet Pukesburgh reporters who would just LOVE to see him in black and gold!! Sign him NOW before it has even the slightest chance to become reality!!!!






Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 5:19 pm

Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

Bring back Vickers too! He was a huge part Hillis' success for 2010.  Sorry folks, Browns going to the WCO.  No more Smash Mouth.

Since: Sep 21, 2011
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:48 pm

Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

love to see this guy in a Patriots uni!!!!  oh man

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:00 pm

Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

So you have to ask yourself: If you are a REAL BROWNS TRADITION FAN, do you keep a guy who redefined "1-year wonder" and quit on the team as defined by nearly every sports analyst and his own teammates or do you release Hillis who was a documented distraction and embarassment to be in a Browns uniform after the bull he pulled?

It wasn't about just the strep throat either. Remember, the team medical staff cleared Hillis to play. Hillis skipped the game on the advice of his agent who last time I checked was not an M.D. How about skipping treatment for his injury when the team needed him healthy to run off to Arkansas to get married? How about the San Francisco game when the team needed his leadership abilities and support as the Team Captain as they prepared for battle against one of the best teams in the NFL while instead he was throwing footballs through the goal posts with the 3rd team QB? How about the commitment to the Cleveland area Cub Scouts who had waited months to have an opportunity to see their favorite Browns player in Hillis who just cancelled at the last minute without reason disappointing 100's of children that did nothing more than worship him? How about his fellow teammates cornering him in the locker room to question his committment to the team and continued distraction?   

The resigning of a player like Hillis who quit on his teammates, city, and loyal fans while only posting 1 respectable season in 4 NFL season with a documented history of being injured every year is a slap in the face of every player that has worn the Browns uniform with pride and respect.

Is Hillis bigger than the team or tradition where Cleveland should compromise their principles? Hillis' actions in 2011 were an embarassment to all the great players that have every worn the Browns uniform, past and present, who wore the uniform with pride and conviction - resigning him in any capacity is totally disrepectful to those players who made Cleveland Browns football tradition what it is today.

Hillis' original contract demand was 40 million over 5 years just like Carolina paid DeAngelo Williams. The Browns offered 5 million and Hillis quit on the team, city, and it's fans. Anybody who believes that Hillis will sign a contract for less than 8 million and not be a bigger distraction than he's already showed has got to share some of the kool aid they are drinking. Hillis will be a contract nightmare every year he continues with the Browns if resigned - every yard he makes he'll want to renegotiate - he's already showed his true colors by turning down 5 million per year and quitting on the team in 2011 because he didn't get what he wanted. 

To those former great Cleveland Browns RB's: Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, Eric Metcalf, Greg Pruitt, Mike Pruitt, Earnest Byner, Ernie Green, and Kevin Mack - just to name a few - I offer my humble apologie that the Browns are even considering having a quitter like Hillis continue with the Browns after he has so blantently damaged the Cleveland Browns football reputation and tradition that you worked so hard to build and maintain. THE SHAME.....................

Since: Nov 30, 2009
Posted on: February 1, 2012 3:52 pm

Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

ive never seen something blown out of proportion more than the 2011 hillis story
I'd say the Tebow story topped Hillis in the "blown out of proportion" category for 2011

Since: Feb 1, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 2:26 pm

Report: Browns now want Peyton Hillis back

sign him now. ive never seen something blown out of proportion more than the 2011 hillis story

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