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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: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 9:14 am
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

The Browns will either try to give Hillis a 2 or 3 year contract but it will only be worth about $3 million per year.  I don't think Hillis wants to be in Cleveland and if the Browns aren't going to give him good money the odds are he will test free agency.  I'm sure someone will overpay for the power back and hope he returns to 2010 form.

The Browns could always find a quality running back in the 2nd or 3rd round this season and if they decide not to move up and get RG3 the Trent Richardson is a legit option with their top pick in the 1st round.



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: February 29, 2012 7:37 am
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Heyton Pillis is not worth half of that. Peyton Hillis = Olandis Gary or Tatum Bell. One good season, followed by mediocrity. Anyone remeber Samkon Gado?



Since: Jul 27, 2008
Posted on: February 29, 2012 1:46 am
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

really his years of hard running...he had the same problems in Denver that he's having in Cleveland.  Hamstrings and benchwarming.



Since: Feb 5, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:44 am
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Hillis isn't worth it.  He's got marginal talent and had one good year in 2010.  Let him go.  There will be plenty of other RBs on the market that will produce as much for much less.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 12:11 am
 

Franchise a cheerleader

They're more fun to watch than the Browns and my gut tells me they're better athletes too.



Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:33 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Get your seasons right Mr. Will Brinson.
 Peyton Hillis excelled in 2010 and dipped somewhat in 2011 with injuries and illness.
 The 2012 NFL season has yet to be played.



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 11:26 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

We'll take  him back in Denver, even though he's a wierdo (before you flame me, read the old articles).  We still love him in Denver for his years of hard running.



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:58 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Dawson is the man I hope he stays a brown.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2012 10:56 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

the patriots will never pay hillis the money he wants,they have more pressing concerns with welker and finding a burner.



Since: Feb 28, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis is a stud that we need on our team
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You are right on, but the browns don't realize it.
He had injuries last year....so what.
if he leaves the the patriots will sign him. Belichick is a fan of his.


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