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Peyton Hillis quietly closes out the season strong

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The Browns have been out of the playoff race for more than a month. In many ways, it feels like the story of their season and Peyton Hillis‘ disastrous contract year has already been written.

Hillis has been injured, petulant, called out by his teammates, and unproductive.

But a funny thing happened the last few weeks while no one was looking. Hillis has played like the guy that he was in 2010 before he ever made the cover of Madden.

The bulldozing back has run for 211 yards over the last two games against two good defenses: Arizona and Baltimore. Hillis rushed for 112 yards on 24 carries against Baltimore, repeatedly pushing past the first tackler to get him.

We’re not saying Hillis has rehabbed his free agent value to where it was a year ago. Hillis cost himself a lot of money this year with his play and his attitude this year.

But at least the last few weeks has reminded teams that he could be a useful piece to the puzzle. Hillis is only turning 26 in January, and could be a decent rebound value for some team.

Just don’t expect that team to be the Browns.

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30 Responses to “Peyton Hillis quietly closes out the season strong”
  1. fin72 says: Dec 27, 2011 8:34 AM

    Wouldn’t touch him… Bad durability, bad attitude, and can’t break the long one.

  2. emmac13 says: Dec 27, 2011 8:36 AM

    Other than Hillis, the Browns have no talent at RB. They need to resign him. Draft an O line. The O line is where it is at. Denver proved this with their run of good backs.

  3. vegaskid21 says: Dec 27, 2011 8:43 AM

    Hillis should have kept his mouth shut, toughen up and played like that all season – may have gotten paid by now.

  4. tatatoothy says: Dec 27, 2011 8:43 AM

    He only came back when he did to try and showcase himself for the 31 other teams not in Cleveland.

    Sadly, and surprisingly, Hillis showed his true colors this year. He’s only in it for the money, and he completely quit on his team when they truly had a chance to be competitive.

  5. kowboydmac says: Dec 27, 2011 8:54 AM

    Has the ability of a Csonka or an Alstott, but the durability and commitment of a William Green.

    Hope he can figure out what’s up, the dude can be a critical part of a Championship caliber team, a la Brandon Jacobs for the Giants in ’07.

  6. farvefromover says: Dec 27, 2011 8:57 AM

    …the Browns never stood a chance of being competitive.

  7. peed1 says: Dec 27, 2011 8:58 AM

    Of course he is in it for the money, that is why they call it professional football. Somebody will pay him.

  8. fatsack1 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:08 AM

    Matt forte did the honorable thing…..look at him now…..I dont blame Hillis for wanting more bread…..

  9. christopher525 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:10 AM

    Someone mentioned Jacobs, just picture some team landing both Jacobs AND Hillis. Give them a solid O-Line and watch the defenses wither.

  10. test2402 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:13 AM

    I would rather have Tim Tebow.

  11. stairwayto7 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:32 AM

    Hillis goes somewhere else, runs for 1200 yards and 14 tds next season.

  12. coop16 says: Dec 27, 2011 9:33 AM

    I agree with farvefromover … the Browns never stood a chance of being competitive. And I’m a Browns fan. But I also live in the real world, and in the real world, the Browns are a terrible team stuck in a division with two superpowers (Pittsburgh and Baltimore) plus a young, up-and-coming team (Cincinnati). Not sure how anybody could think that, if Hillis had just put together a good year, the Browns could have been competitive in that division. If they were in the AFC West, maybe they could be competitive in a couple of years. In the AFC North, not a chance. They’ve got a lot of building to do first.

  13. schweddyjabaals says: Dec 27, 2011 9:34 AM

    Hillis is the key to the Browns draft plans. Re-sign him & they can focus WR, RT & pass rusher. Let him walk & they take Trent Richardson & lose out on a stud WR or stud RT. Pay him. When healthy, he’s the perfect AFCN type of back. Of course this all assumes they give Colt a chance & dont go QB.

  14. bigjdve says: Dec 27, 2011 9:35 AM

    He should take a 1 – 2 year deal, play hard, then try for the big contract, that might help him some.

    RB values took a real hit this year due to Chris Johnson, so he wouldn’t get paid that much this year even if he hadn’t acted like a baby.

  15. kosarkid says: Dec 27, 2011 9:38 AM

    If you click on the link about the browns not wanting him, it’s from almost two months ago before Hillis got good again. Don’t be surprised if the Brownies try to keep him now.

  16. jpvond says: Dec 27, 2011 9:43 AM

    tatatoothy says:
    Dec 27, 2011 8:43 AM
    He only came back when he did to try and showcase himself for the 31 other teams not in Cleveland.

    Sadly, and surprisingly, Hillis showed his true colors this year. He’s only in it for the money, and he completely quit on his team when they truly had a chance to be competitive.

    ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY???

    no…i don’t believe it. Why else would one go to work? I certainly don’t go for my health…or just to wake up early for fun…or commute an hour in traffic. C’mon man!! Wake up!

  17. totallyuselessme says: Dec 27, 2011 10:43 AM

    I don’t blame Hillis. Look at what’s happened to guys like Leon Washington.

    Hell, look at Forte. He knows teams are gonna use his recent injury as an excuse to lowball him. He did it the “right way” and he’s probably going to suffer for it.

    Running backs have to scratch and claw for every dime they get in this league because they take a beating like nobody else does and management uses them up and throws them away like they’re toilet paper.

  18. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 27, 2011 10:49 AM

    Holmgren is struggling to put a winning product on the field.

  19. td40 says: Dec 27, 2011 11:26 AM

    He’s a lot better of a RB when he’s not pouting or taking garbage advice from his agent.

  20. coop16 says: Dec 27, 2011 11:28 AM

    Agreed. Holmgren has been running the Browns for two years and if anything they look worse than they did when he arrived. He swears he’s going to turn them around, and I hope he’s right, but I sure don’t see any evidence of progress yet. They couldn’t even make a single trip to the end zone in a home game against the Rams.

  21. cornersportsnet says: Dec 27, 2011 11:28 AM

    He was offered decent money and turned it down,dont think hes going to get a huge deal but he will get decent money obvious he still has his skills……he just didnt want to play in cleve

  22. mfclock says: Dec 27, 2011 11:36 AM

    come back to the Broncos, Mcgahee needs help, moreno is a bum

  23. fittytuckin says: Dec 27, 2011 12:03 PM

    Backs like him don’t last long. I seem another year or two of decent production, then he’ll disappear into obscurity.

  24. oldbrowndawg says: Dec 27, 2011 12:04 PM

    Kosarkid has it right. Cornersportsnet has no clue. This is an honest, decent man who has said he loves playing in Cleveland. So, regardless of what your opinions are, Peyton Hillis is going to do what he’s going to do. I happen to think Holmgren and GM Heckert will decide to sign him to a 3-year deal with a boatload of performance incentives. Hillis wants to stay in Cleveland, so this is likely to work out for both sides, regardless of who they draft in 2012.

  25. tatatoothy says: Dec 27, 2011 12:17 PM

    jpvond says:
    Dec 27, 2011 9:43 AM

    ONLY IN IT FOR THE MONEY???

    no…i don’t believe it. Why else would one go to work? I certainly don’t go for my health…or just to wake up early for fun…or commute an hour in traffic. C’mon man!! Wake up!

    *******************************************

    You completely missed my point, but I’m not surprised.

    Pretty sure Hillis is still making money, under the contract he already signed.

    Forte played this year, Foster played this year. But Hillis QUIT on his team, even quit on the charity events.

    Your intelligence is weak.

  26. godofwine330 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:17 PM

    As someone said, if they don’t sign him it will screw up our draft. We need a WR, RT, OLB, FS, CB and quite possibly a QB. If we let him walk we well need a RB, too. I say give offer him a 3 year deal in the $4-5 million range and if he doesn’t take it, fine. Hopefully we can do better than stutter-cut Hardesty with next years second rounder.

  27. yboa1 says: Dec 27, 2011 12:58 PM

    Poor little baby! There is reason wht he is not in Denver anymoe!

  28. hikohadon says: Dec 27, 2011 1:26 PM

    “Hillis goes somewhere else, runs for 1200 yards and 14 tds next season.”
    ________________

    Yeah yeah yeah, I’ve been hearing that since Tim Couch.

    Truth is, if the Cleveland frickin’ Browns don’t feel like they need you, then maybe you’re just not all that good.

  29. bigran77741 says: Dec 30, 2011 7:37 PM

    He got bad advice.Madden cover

  30. terry70 says: Dec 31, 2011 1:06 PM

    PASS ON HIM, Who is going to pay him big bucks? Let him prove that he can last a full season without getting hurt and showing up to events he promises then give him the money he deserves.

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