Browns running back Peyton Hillis wants a new contract. He has yet to get one. And Browns president Mike Holmgren has suggested that a deal isn’t getting any closer.
“Things are kind of quiet right now,” Holmgren said Thursday, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Let’s let the dust settle and see what happens.” Holmgren said that contract negotiations haven’t been called off. However, he said the Browns tried to extend the deal and it didn’t happen.
“Now he needs a great year to reach his goals,” Holmgren said, which implies that Hillis wants a lot more than the Browns are willing to pay. (Which is fairly obvious given that a new deal hasn’t been reached.)
Holmgren characterized the strep throat controversy and other issues as “roadblocks” to getting a deal done, which perhaps implies that the team had concerns about Hillis’ decision not to play at a time when he had strep throat.
As to rumors that Hillis could have been acquired via trade, Holmgren said that “there was no way I was going to trade Peyton Hillis. Why would I trade one of our best players?”
Fine, but if they had gotten an offer that they like, the Browns would have pulled the trigger.
If a new deal isn’t reached by February, the Browns will have to decide whether to apply the franchise tag to Hillis, who rushed for 1,177 yards in 2010. This year, he has 211 yards, which puts him on pace for 675.