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Browns have renewed interest in keeping Peyton Hillis

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Halfway through the 2011 season, Peyton Hillis appeared to be on his way out of Cleveland. His disastrous 2011 season included injuries, poor play, and finger-pointing from his teammates.

A quietly strong end to the season has apparently changed the team’s mind.

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports via a league source the Browns are interested in re-signing Hillis at the right price. Cabot says the Browns and Hillis’ agent have yet to talk because the team has yet to contact agents about a contract.

It’s not a total shock the Browns would want Hillis at the “right price” but that price has surely gone down after a miserable year. The right price may not make Hillis very happy.

Hillis will get a contract somewhere this year, but he may have to be willing to take a smaller one-year “prove it” deal. The offers Hills gets very likely will be less than some of the multi-year contracts he turned down from the Browns last year.

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  1. bigzant82 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:22 PM

    nooooooo cleveland he proved to be a lame and i will play and run people over when im payed well and also getting that madden cover was not a good idea as well

  2. how887 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:24 PM

    I hope he is on the 2013 Madden cover. It couldnt happen to a nicer guy.

  3. gumbygoddammit says: Jan 30, 2012 11:31 PM

    Who wouldn’t have renewed interest in a head case averaging 3.6 yard per carry?

  4. irishfan109 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:33 PM

    And this is why the Browns are…well, the Browns.

  5. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 30, 2012 11:34 PM

    Exhibit A on why the Browns are the Browns…

  6. zerodime says: Jan 30, 2012 11:48 PM

    If the right price is the 16 million for 3 years they offered him at the beginning of this year Hillis WILL be back

  7. christopher525 says: Jan 30, 2012 11:49 PM

    With Peterson out for however long, Hillis might get an offer in Minnesota. Jacobs as well.

  8. hannahsdaddy says: Jan 30, 2012 11:51 PM

    Come to the Raiders. Well trade DMC for a first round pick which we’ll draft a top flight receiver and return to AFC dominance . . . A man can dream, right?

  9. kmkhaine says: Jan 30, 2012 11:56 PM

    I wouldn’t want to play in Cleveland either.

  10. bensstinkyfingers says: Jan 31, 2012 12:03 AM

    Bring him back! He will have a bounce back season, now that he wont be on the Madden cover. Two Peytons on one team might get confusing but they can make it work. GO BROWNS!

  11. seahawksfan25 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:05 AM

    He just needs a better team. His career will be a waste staying in Cleveland. They never had a successful back since Jim brown

  12. sellout3871 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:17 AM

    The Factory of Sadness…still cranking out the hits…

  13. mnfan1 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:20 AM

    He hasn’t proven he deserves a contact other then a one year deal, which he’ll probably not take with Cleveland

  14. ruggerlad says: Jan 31, 2012 12:30 AM

    The man was injured people. If I were Hillis I would not sign with the Browns. His stye of running results in injuries (Steven Jackson, Brandon Jacobs, etc.) Both Jacobs and Jackson are top 10 in terms of salary for a RB. Some people like to always play the race card and it annoys me but you cannot deny it here. I hope Hillis gets a good deal somewhere else and steamrolls the Browns.

  15. mrfrostyj says: Jan 31, 2012 1:04 AM

    I called this one earlier in the year. There is no way any team in the NFL was going to sign Hillis for as much as the Browns were offering. “Renewed interest” stems from the organization probably considering Montario Hardesty to be a draft bust.

  16. lenke08 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:04 AM

    You know this entire thing i feel was blown out of proportion by the media. The only thing i can not forgive is him missing that Halloween with Hillis. That was horrible. Other then that i want to give him one more year.

  17. fijabbersman345 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:08 AM

    lolz

  18. dealer009 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:12 AM

    I think it would be more correct to say “Childress’ ground and pound has renewed interest in keeping Peyton Hillis”

  19. bigtrav425 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:14 AM

    I hope this is true.Hillis came back strong after all the drama.we need to concentrate on rt/rg and wr in the first round not a RB.With brandon jackson coming back we really don’t need a rb in this draft…OL,Wr and lb’s are what we need

  20. chrismgillis says: Jan 31, 2012 3:46 AM

    I would love to see hillis in a lions uniform

  21. vincentbojackson says: Jan 31, 2012 3:47 AM

    Injury plagued RB’s should be avoided at all cost. Especially one that plays a bruising style like Hillis. The Browns would be wise to let someone else waste their cap money on this guy.

    Starting RB’s are mostly interchangeable these days. No reason to overpay.

  22. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Jan 31, 2012 4:39 AM

    Hillis had a monster reality check last year and knows he blew it. He should be very willing to sign an incentive laden contract for 2012 so he can cash out in 2013. The Browns can then afford to spend their top draft picks on other areas this year. That would be a win-win for both parties.

  23. dabears2485 says: Jan 31, 2012 5:16 AM

    Bummer. I like those “come from no where” stories. Hillis & Cruz are proof that talent evaluation and good coaching make a career, not draft position. You don’t need the #1 pick if you can develop guys.

  24. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 31, 2012 6:31 AM

    He had a pretty bizarre year and managed to take the whole Madden curse new levels but there is no doubt that when he is healthy and motivated the guy is a beast.

  25. brownsclown says: Jan 31, 2012 6:37 AM

    I would be in favor of keeping Hillis but wouldn’t break the bank to do so. Even with him in the lineup the Browns have trouble running outside. He’s just not fast enough to be an outside threat.

    In other news, I just got a tweet from Tony Grossi. He reports that in the Indian Amatuer Cricket League the Bombay Bandits defeated the Mubai Marauders in a marathon four day cricket match. He tried to interview the owner of the Bandits and League Officials reported that the owner has not been seen in years, fueling specualation that the team is owned by Randy Lerner.

  26. whoisedgy says: Jan 31, 2012 6:48 AM

    He showed he could play. When he shuts up and focuses.

  27. simplemaninoh says: Jan 31, 2012 7:19 AM

    My guess is, not many teams want him for big money until he can prove 2010 was no fluke. Overall his mileage is low and he can pound it, block and catch the ball in the flats. Sign him to a team friendly contract (3 year incentive laden), draft another RB to compliment him and we have our backfield signed for the next 3-4 years.

  28. dlmcc1010 says: Jan 31, 2012 7:46 AM

    Not for nothing, this is why the Browns continue to be a terrible organization. This guy quit on his teammates, the fans, and the GM who believed in him.

    Because he decided to step it up in the last 3 weeks of a contract year, this somehow tells the Browns its a good idea to give him a guaranteed contract?

    Im not even a Browns fan, and I was digusted when he skipped the kids Halloween charity event because he was hungover or just being spiteful. That is not the type of guy you build your team around. That team isnt competing anytime soon since they have no QB and no WR’s. It is extremely easy to replace a RB in the later rounds. This isnt Adrian Peterson. The fact that they even consider signing this guy after the garbage he pulled is exactly why this organization is a perennial loser.

  29. emmac13 says: Jan 31, 2012 8:15 AM

    Many other FA I rather have. Bush from Raiders is one. We need faster backs. Hardesty is staying on the team an he is slow.

  30. upyoursnfu says: Jan 31, 2012 8:17 AM

    He’s too soft to play for anyone else in the league. He’s the perfect fit for Cleveland’s lay down offensive style.

  31. geefan1 says: Jan 31, 2012 8:22 AM

    It would be more accurate to say the Browns position on Hillis has never changed. They’ve said all along they’d like him back at the right price. What has most likely changed is the likelihood that he’ll now accept the right price.

  32. drmillhouse says: Jan 31, 2012 8:58 AM

    bring him back to Denver!!

  33. jackblackshairyback says: Jan 31, 2012 9:05 AM

    This story is a direct result of the removal of Tony Grossi from the beat. He was the one who thought the team had no interest in keeping Hillis, despite strong statements to the contrary by the team. And I’m not talking about the wishy washy statements like if Colt McCoy is the team’s qb of the future.

    Grossi’s lack of objectivity is still contributing to stories involving the Browns.

  34. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 31, 2012 9:06 AM

    pre draft strategy…dont believe anything you hear until after the draft…its all bologna

  35. erikinhell says: Jan 31, 2012 9:20 AM

    Give him a 3 year backloaded contract. I’d take him at the right price, and I’d make sure his eventual replacement is drafted this year. Hillis is a battering ram, and should be used as one.

  36. mymanmccoy says: Jan 31, 2012 9:21 AM

    @seahawksfan – Nobody successful since Jim Brown? Are you serious? I guess you’ve forgotten about a couple of running backs named Mack and Byner that BOTH rushed for 1,000 plus in the same season. Oh that’s right, you were laboring in anonymity until Holmgren showed up!

  37. audient says: Jan 31, 2012 9:26 AM

    When he’s healthy, this guy is great. If the price is right and he seems healthy, the Browns should resign him.

  38. jpb12 says: Jan 31, 2012 9:40 AM

    They must’ve found the right treatment for his Yeast Infection.

  39. st1llerz1 says: Jan 31, 2012 9:49 AM

    Same old clowns! The Mistake by the Lake lives on!

    PLEASE, for the love of last place in the AFC North, continue to sign cancers like this guy. Three decent games at the end of the year in a contract year after creating “injuries”, a missed charity appearance and general whining. Yet clowns fans still have a woody for this tool.

    And they wonder why they continue to strive for mediocrity!

    “With the sixth pick in the sixth pick in the 2004 NFL draft, the cleveland clowns select Kellen Winslow, Tight End, The University of Miami.”
    How’s that one working out for you cleveland??
    ROFLMFAO!!!!!!

    GO STEELERS!

  40. akbrownsfan says: Jan 31, 2012 9:57 AM

    Twinkle toes can go play elsewhere

  41. maddog111 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:47 AM

    He’s a middle of the road running back that wants to be paid like he’s elite. He’s in for a rude awakening shortly.

  42. fogo4life says: Jan 31, 2012 12:20 PM

    I gotta give the proverbial digital high to Chris*Gillis…
    would love to see the other great white hype could do in a lions uniform.

    Next to Leshoure, and (fingers crossed) a healthy jahvid to play more of a third down roll, similar to what philly has done with their slot backs in the past few years, and lord knows there is a chance for a running game to tag along behind our aerial circus (Starring the Stafford-Megatron connection)!

  43. td40 says: Jan 31, 2012 2:28 PM

    seahawksfan25 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 12:05 AM

    He just needs a better team. His career will be a waste staying in Cleveland. They never had a successful back since Jim brown
    ———————————————

    …other than Leroy Kelly, Greg Pruitt, Kevin Mack, Eric Metcalf, and Leroy Hoard? Yeah, I agree then.

    Btw, outside of Shaun Alexander, how may Seahawks running backs were household names (outside of Seattle)?

    *crickets*

  44. gallogj says: Jan 31, 2012 3:30 PM

    This guy is Mike Alstott light. Cleveland is the only place he will be a feature back. If he’s looking to go back to playing fullback or sitting on the bench…he should leave the Browns.

  45. realkelevra says: Feb 8, 2012 12:58 AM

    @ td4, you forgot:

    Ernest Byner and Marion Motley(HOFer)

    So, aside from Leroy Kelly, Greg Pruitt, Kevin Mack, Eric Metcalf, Leroy Hoard, Ernest Byner, and Marion Motley, the Browns have been pretty barren, minus Jim Brown.

    (although honestly, I probably wouldn’t include Hoard or Metcalf in there as an RB).

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