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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: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:58 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

You can have Hillis for free.
Don't want him in Cleveland
Ok sounds good we'll send Brady Quinn back your way



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Hillis is not worth $7.7, he does not want to be in Cleveland and I don't blame him.  He played with no heart last year and was a complete disappointment.  



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:55 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

And I thought being a Mets fan was painful.....



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

You can have Hillis for free.
Don't want him in Cleveland.



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

he was a problem in the Browns locker room all last season
Hillis is a Class Act! send him back to Denver!



Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:35 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Obviously Hillis is not worth $7.7 million so using the tag on him would be an awful idea.  If Hillis does not want to sign a contract for 2-3 years at around $3 million per year then he can go ahead and leave Cleveland.  The guy is a quality back but not worthy of big money and he was a problem in the Browns locker room all last season.

As a Browns fan I would say franchising Phil Dawson is probably the best move even though paying a 37 year old kicker $3.8 million is insane.  Dawson has a big leg and is very consistent so even though the money is too much he may be the Browns best weapon, and that is sad.



Since: Jan 1, 2010
Posted on: February 28, 2012 12:08 pm
 

Report: Browns 'unlikely' to tag Peyton Hillis

Should have stayed off the cover of Madden! But at least they will lock up their kicker!!  haha


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