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Report: Browns are prepared to move on from Hillis

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The Browns have had enough of Peyton Hillis.

That’s the latest report in this bizarre saga, courtesy of Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  Cabot says that the Browns are prepared to let Hillis leave via free agency when his contract expires after the 2011 season.

“It’s one thing after another, and what’s been out there isn’t even the half of it,” an unnamed source told Cabot.

Quarterback Seneca Wallace confirmed to Cabot the recent report from Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports that players have grown weary of Hillis’ antics.  Among other things, his decision to try to throw footballs off the crossbar prior to the game against the 49ers rubbed other players the wrong way.  “Yes, it did get on some people’s nerves that he was throwing balls when he was injured,” Wallace said.  “But at the end of the day, it’s his last name on the back of his jersey, and he has to decide how he wants to represent himself.”

Wallace also confirmed that players were miffed that Hillis abruptly went to Arkansas to get married instead of receiving treatment on his hamstring.  “Of course we’re going to be a little upset if Peyton’s not in there getting his treatment,” Wallace said.  “We’re a team, and we rely on each other.  But if he felt he wanted to go get married that day, that’s his business.  You never really know what a person is going through.  You don’t know what type of influences a person might have.  I don’t know the stuff that Peyton has going on in his life.”

Previously, the Browns seemed to be prepared to let Hillis test the market in free agency, with the goal of letting him see that a single season of 1,177 yards rushing and the presence of his face on the cover of the Madden video game doesn’t equate to $20 million in guaranteed money.  But if the Browns had been willing to sign him once he realized that veteran running backs who aren’t among the very best in the business don’t get big contracts, the Browns apparently aren’t now.

The next question becomes whether the Browns will decide to let him test the market in 2011, by cutting him.

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63 Responses to “Report: Browns are prepared to move on from Hillis”
  1. ghostofgilchrist says: Nov 5, 2011 10:53 AM

    Body by Nautilus…brains by Mattel.

  2. philyeagles5 says: Nov 5, 2011 10:55 AM

    maybe hes just overrated

  3. rdrs68 says: Nov 5, 2011 10:55 AM

    maybe Josh McHoody had more reasons to bench him in donkeyville than we knew about.

  4. devinmr711 says: Nov 5, 2011 10:58 AM

    Release him now!!!

  5. ravensfan4life52 says: Nov 5, 2011 10:58 AM

    he’s overrated and soft. he’s nothing special. yeah sure he had one good season but that doesn’t mean anything. he’s let it get to his head and now he’s arrogant. this has nothing to do with the Madden curse. this has to do with Hillis being arrogant and soft. grow a pair and play the game.

  6. clownsfan says: Nov 5, 2011 10:59 AM

    Cut him now

  7. golonger says: Nov 5, 2011 10:59 AM

    He probably just doesn’t want to play for the Brown-stains…..WHO WOULD????

  8. Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Nov 5, 2011 11:00 AM

    Starting at Running Back for the 2012 Miami Dolphins…

    Wait, is it to early to assume he’s going to take his unfounded divaness to South Beach?

  9. j0esixpack says: Nov 5, 2011 11:02 AM

    I guess Hillis just figured that since there’s no avoiding the Madden Curse, he might as well march right out destroy his career on his own.

    Seriously – the dude sounds very “troubled” – someone get him some help.

  10. mickqueue says: Nov 5, 2011 11:02 AM

    I guarantee you there’s a bunch of teams willing to put up with his “antics” just to get a bruiser like him on their team.

  11. blantoncollier says: Nov 5, 2011 11:03 AM

    One year wonder! Guys ego is bigger than Browns Stadium.

  12. gpack17 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:04 AM

    This is the weirdest version of the Madden Curse ever.

  13. illogic87 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:04 AM

    Peyton OvertheHILLIS

  14. burntorangehorn says: Nov 5, 2011 11:05 AM

    What happened to the pft writers? You guys all used to believe that a single big season completely validated a big contract boost for a running back. When Chris Johnson had one big season, you all said the kid deserved a huge payday, despite the fact that he was already being paid first-round money.

  15. Gordon says: Nov 5, 2011 11:06 AM

    If this story doesn’t prove the Madden curse, I don’t know what will.

  16. dennyg2 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:11 AM

    I have said all year that Hillis is the most overrated player in the NFL. He is a selfish cancer on the Browns young roster. The Browns need to get rid of this complete tool and let another team sign him to the league minimum. As a Bengal, I love this typical Cleveland Browns story…

  17. kiopta1 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:12 AM

    If he got his head on straight the lions could use him.

  18. buccaboo says: Nov 5, 2011 11:12 AM

    After this year, any team that wants to sign him is crazy. He’s about to get a T.O. style reality check!

  19. nysaysbringit says: Nov 5, 2011 11:13 AM

    @ mickqueue;
    Your absoloutly right!..Would love to see him in JETS green….This guy is a BEAST!..Hes just not happy there or happy with his contract.
    You take him out of there and give him a new focus…Watch out!!!

  20. jacunn2000 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:21 AM

    Wow, what the hell happened to this dude? I guess some folks can handle being special and others cant..

  21. silverbuffalo says: Nov 5, 2011 11:23 AM

    I love Hillis & it makes me sad to see him throwing it all away.

  22. contract says: Nov 5, 2011 11:24 AM

    Seneca Wallace gets paid $3 million a year to do nothing. Of course he’s going to suck up to management.

  23. jghernly says: Nov 5, 2011 11:24 AM

    agree on the madden curse. Though for a usual sucky browns offense, hillis was the only bright spot last year. If he didn’t go on the cover, he might of had a good year.

  24. thejuddstir says: Nov 5, 2011 11:25 AM

    Hillis let his one year success go straight to his head, all he had to do was follow up with a mediocre year and not being a “T.O.” and he mite have had his big payday.

  25. bucks12965 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:26 AM

    Guy’s got some big arms. He can probably get a job as a bouncer somewhere.

  26. snarkzilla says: Nov 5, 2011 11:26 AM

    There’s a rather devastating summation out on the web about Hillis, done before he signed with an NFL team. Overall Profile Score Integrating the Motivational and Mental Test Results: 1. A score of 1-2 is considered Poor. He cursed himself.

  27. sports_dude says: Nov 5, 2011 11:33 AM

    I’ve watched Hillis from his days with the Conway Wampus Cats(high school), Rzorbacks, and now the Browns. Damn shame to see him ruin his career like this. Wake up Hillis!!

  28. burm61 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:42 AM

    Seriously this clown makes more headlines for not playing than Brett Favre! Can we please trade em to the UFL?

  29. tecmobowl34 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:52 AM

    I think he let the Madden cover itself get into his head. He just thought he was a badass now, and doesn’t have to prove it every week.

    Too bad, because even the greatest still have to go prove themselves every single week in this league.

  30. dadsource says: Nov 5, 2011 11:55 AM

    Dancing with the stars?

  31. contract says: Nov 5, 2011 11:56 AM

    Hillis would look great in a Steelers uniform. He could play for a winner … and he’d get the added benefit of pounding the hell out of the Browns twice every year.

    And Browns fans would have another reason to hate us.

  32. xxtucknrolle88 says: Nov 5, 2011 11:57 AM

    Brandon jacobs to the browns, peyton hillis to the giants.. End of story

  33. redrew says: Nov 5, 2011 11:58 AM

    Moving past this bizarre Hillis season, the kid has a talent that would be very valuable to alot of teams. Face it, the Browns are a disaster on offense with a subpar QB, an awful WR corps, and a TE that gets zero repect as a receiver. Expecting a RB to shine on this roster is ludicrous. Teams will have to decide if Hillis has a peanut for a brain, has chosen to take poor advice from a greedy agent, or has been a victim of a bad team. Off the top of my head, I could see the Giants as a team that would desire his services next year…with Jacobs departing. What about Pitt, Balt, Indy, KC, Denver. There will be a market for the guy….baggage and all.

  34. blackqbwhiterb says: Nov 5, 2011 12:00 PM

    Welcome to Washington, Mr.. Hillis

  35. jerseysportsbullies says: Nov 5, 2011 12:03 PM

    I can understand most of the arguments Seneca Wallace and the other Browns players have.

    But, knocking a guy for getting married instead of “getting hamstring treatment.” Are you kidding me?

  36. anhdazman says: Nov 5, 2011 12:04 PM

    The talent is there, the Browns and Hillis handled the situation poorly. Hillis saw the writing on the wall, when they weren’t willing to pay him the big contract for a starting RB. Honestly, for Hillis, it’s better this way. Cleveland doesn’t slap the Franchise tag on him and throw a monkey wrench into his FA year. All Hillis needs is one team to believe in him and he’s set.
    The Lions, Seattle, GB, Indy, or Washington, all could use Hillis on their team.

  37. Derty Ernie says: Nov 5, 2011 12:05 PM

    His agent pointed out that CJ went ballistic and got more money and Forte is trying to follow suit so why not him.

  38. billyhoyle4real says: Nov 5, 2011 12:11 PM

    CJ2K to South Beach in the off season for Brandon Marshall. Hillis signs with Titans.

  39. zidanevalor says: Nov 5, 2011 12:13 PM

    “Among other things, his decision to try to throw footballs off the crossbar prior to the game against the 49ers rubbed other players the wrong way.”

    This statement has been confusing me for a while now. Why is this annoying his teammates? What is he supposed to be doing during pregame warmups of a game he’s been ruled out for?

    I’m not being satiric, I’m legitimately confused why this is a big deal. Could someone please tell me?

  40. jdmcmill says: Nov 5, 2011 12:18 PM

    worst agent in the world. him turning down the 5mil per year contract will stand right next to Spreewell turning down his deal because he “had to feed his family” Dude will never get paid anywhere close to that.

  41. jerseysportsbullies says: Nov 5, 2011 12:45 PM

    To the morons who “thumbs downed” my comment about him getting married instead of getting hamstring treatment.

    The next time you have a wedding date set, cancel it and tell your fiance you need to get treatment on your hamstring instead…. football isn’t the only thing these people have, they have personal lives too.

  42. section24 says: Nov 5, 2011 12:49 PM

    How can an unnamed source be any credible source? Hell, we all qualify to be an ‘ unnamed source’ – I can make up whatever I want to say about Hillis. Seriously, when will there be a standard that says if the source won’t go on the record, don’t print it.

  43. woodyg says: Nov 5, 2011 12:52 PM

    ” The Lions, Seattle, GB, Indy, or Washington, all could use Hillis on their team. ” …..

    You must be kidding …… Hillis couldn’t play in GB even if Hillis played for free…… But the Lions ….. Now that’s another story …. They don’t mind guys with character issues ……

  44. damnyoulinelliot says: Nov 5, 2011 1:06 PM

    Dude’s overrated. Led the league and fumbles but he’s all of a sudden a hero and gets on the Madden cover. Ha… please…

  45. hjworton46 says: Nov 5, 2011 1:07 PM

    Maybe McD wasn’t so stupid trading him after all…

  46. panther74 says: Nov 5, 2011 1:11 PM

    It all comes out… I couldn’t figure out why there was such a big fuss about this cat anyway…he had 1 BIG game last year…against us (CAROLINA)! I always thought he was overrated!

  47. stampnhawk says: Nov 5, 2011 1:17 PM

    LOL at Wallace the one spilling the beans…its the most press time he’s had since he made one run in college, and he knows it.

    Regardless, Holmgren had a model citizen who was the top running back in the league and set an NFL record with TD’s over those couple fantastic seasons in the mid 2000’s, and he held onto him probably one season too long.

    Hillis is not in the same area code as Alexander, and any one of this guys little tricks likely had him gone at the end of this year with Holmgren at the helm, let alone the twce a week stories that are popping out now.

  48. philahitman says: Nov 5, 2011 1:29 PM

    At least T.O. had multiple very good seasons before becomin a complete head case.

  49. welzy says: Nov 5, 2011 2:37 PM

    All the Packers fans who pushed Hillis onto the cover of Madden instead of Rodgers are seriously high-fiving right now.

  50. KIR says: Nov 5, 2011 2:42 PM

    burntorangehorn

    What happened to the pft writers? You guys all used to believe that a single big season completely validated a big contract boost for a running back. When Chris Johnson had one big season, you all said the kid deserved a huge payday, despite the fact that he was already being paid first-round money.
    ______________________
    Please get you facts straight.
    Chris Johnson
    2008 1,228 yrds, 2009 2,006 yrds, 2010 1364 yrds
    Peyton Hillis
    2008 343 yrds, 2009 54yrds !?!!, 2010 1177yrds

  51. jfinn5 says: Nov 5, 2011 3:09 PM

    Don’t care much for this guy after dissing kids at a Halloween gig.

  52. sguy2130 says: Nov 5, 2011 3:39 PM

    welzy says:Nov 5, 2011 2:37 PM

    All the Packers fans who pushed Hillis onto the cover of Madden instead of Rodgers are seriously high-fiving right now.

    —————————————————–

    You mean the same Packer fans who let Aaron Rodgers get all the way to the final round….get a clue. There might be five of you who voted for Hillis.

  53. maestro323 says: Nov 5, 2011 3:56 PM

    And the Madden curse continues!!! I’m glad I got the Marshall Faulk edition…lmao

  54. fmwarner says: Nov 5, 2011 4:01 PM

    woodyg says: Nov 5, 2011 12:52 PM

    ” The Lions, Seattle, GB, Indy, or Washington, all could use Hillis on their team. ” …..

    You must be kidding …… Hillis couldn’t play in GB even if Hillis played for free…… But the Lions ….. Now that’s another story …. They don’t mind guys with character issues ……
    =================================

    Preach it, Woody! Those Lions would probably even employ the likes of Brandon Underwood, Mark Chmura and Johnny Jolly. Appalling.

  55. ownedyou says: Nov 5, 2011 4:04 PM

    I’ve been saying this for a month now… it is pretty obvious they are not signing this tool in the off-season and as a bengal fan i think that is too bad ( actually a smart move ) he had 1 yes that’s right 1 good year and he wants 5 years…. are you kidding?Holmgren is smart not to invest in hillis.

  56. baldingerspinky says: Nov 5, 2011 4:10 PM

    Thank god Vick didn’t get the cover again. Hollis needs to land somewhere he isn’t the best player on the team. This way his ego is kept in check.

  57. gbraider says: Nov 5, 2011 4:13 PM

    Stampnhawk….I believe the last press Seneca Wallace had went something like this….”Seneca Wallace signs 3yr/$9 million contract”…and the last press you had? And as far as Alexander, he was a jerk who happened to play behind the best O-line in the league @ that time. No more Hutch and an aged, injured Walter Jones and you see what you had. Wonder if Shaun ever finished that abbandoned community center of his……

  58. 23chameleons says: Nov 5, 2011 4:18 PM

    Next year’s Madden cover should be Tim Tebow. If it’s going to completely change the results, there’s only one way to go for this guy …

  59. ramofsteel says: Nov 5, 2011 4:18 PM

    I really thought the Browns could win 8 games this year…I like their players (Haden, Taylor, Thomas, S. Brown, Ward). This Hillis thing is crazy, I hope its just overblown, b/c it was cool to watch him play last year.

  60. biggiep says: Nov 5, 2011 5:15 PM

    I usually buy Madden once only 2 years, but this year was an exception for me. I just had to buy this one – funniest cover ever.

  61. granadafan says: Nov 5, 2011 10:34 PM

    @jerseysportsbullies, who the heck gets married on a Tuesday and in late fall? Also, he’s a football player and the couple ought to know when the football season ends. A dedicated pro knows when the season is and where he needs to be for his livelihood.

  62. td40 says: Nov 6, 2011 11:12 AM

    I am sick and effing tired of buying Browns jerseys that are relevant for only one or two seasons.

    It seems like I have a collection of jerseys from people who not only left the Browns after a short time, but left under a black cloud at that. Hillis, Derek Anderson, Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow II, Andre Rison… I can’t even wear my throwback Jim Brown jersey without it popping into my head that he turned into a cranky, over-opinionated, old wife beater.

    Come to think of it, out of 11 Browns jerseys I own, only TWO of them represent Browns players who did not leave in utter shame- Bernie Kosar and Pepper Johnson.

    Any of you guys rich enough to by the team from Randy Lerner, fire that past-his-prime dunce Holmgren, and actually try to build a winner?

  63. krycek84 says: Dec 27, 2011 8:50 AM

    I’d like to see him in pewter & red.

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