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Report: Peyton Hillis contemplated retirement, joining CIA last season

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We’ve had a lot of chatter about Peyton Hillisfuture with the Browns over the last few days, but none of it has dealt with the Central Intelligence Agency.

That ends right now. As part of a report that supports the idea that the Browns won’t use the franchise tag on the running back, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Hillis was considering putting his NFL career to rest near the end of last season. Per Schefter, Hillis shared thoughts about retirement with Browns coaches last year. Frustration in his previous stops as well as the team’s unwillingness to give him a long-term deal contributed to those thoughts, although Schefter’s soucrce tells him that Hillis is no longer considering retirement.

What would Hillis do if he decided to hang up the shoulder pads? According to the report, he was thinking about joining the CIA. As you’d expect, there’s no comment from the CIA about their own desire to employ Hillis.

You have to wonder what kind of impact that this report will have on Hillis’ ability to get the contract he desires as a free agent. His indecision about simply playing football coupled with the way he’s been shuffling through agents and the run-ins with teammates last season doesn’t paint a picture of a guy that many teams would want to hook themselves up with for a lot of money over the long term.

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51 Responses to “Report: Peyton Hillis contemplated retirement, joining CIA last season”
  1. rcampore says: Mar 1, 2012 11:18 AM

    Retirement?? He’s been in the league 4 years….that’s not retiring, that sounds like quitting to me.

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 1, 2012 11:19 AM

    You don’t get a long term deal and want to retire? What other skills do you have that will make you 7 figures a year?

    Think before you speak. You’ll look a lot less dumb that way.

  3. pooflingingmonkey says: Mar 1, 2012 11:19 AM

    I’m starting to think brain damage may be a concern here?

  4. clbrwns says: Mar 1, 2012 11:21 AM

    I’m as big of a Browns fan as you’ll find. Like many I bought my Hillis jersey last year. This guy needs to go. He’s a head case and we don’t need this….

  5. steelbydesign says: Mar 1, 2012 11:21 AM

    There’s something seriously wrong with this guy upstairs.

  6. raven410 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:21 AM

    I think the Madden curse has evolved to a whole new level.

  7. utteke says: Mar 1, 2012 11:22 AM

    It’s becoming very clear why the Browns contract offer for 3 years was based heavily on performance incentives.

  8. champ27 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:25 AM

    Peyton Hillis played last year?

  9. realnflmaster says: Mar 1, 2012 11:26 AM

    Just come to the JETS. Help us start our dynasty so I can laugh at all the haters in the comment section.

  10. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Mar 1, 2012 11:26 AM

    I think this guy is a few cards short of a full deck. OR he’s delusional.
    Delusional=a belief held with strong conviction despite superior evidence

  11. medtxpack says: Mar 1, 2012 11:28 AM

    He will end up somewhere if its not Cleveland, and if he hung em up for a year, he’d be back. He tasted the limelight and he will do what it takes to keep it around.

  12. KIR says: Mar 1, 2012 11:28 AM

    Why is this guy being discussed? I’m trying not to be a hater but look at his stats! It’s just laughable.

    College Career
    2004 240yrd 3.8avg
    2005 315yrd 4.8avg
    2006 57yrd 4.9avg
    2007 348yrd 5.6avg

    Professional Career
    att yrds avg
    2008 68 343 5.0
    2009 3 54 4.2
    2010 270 1177 4.4
    2011 161 587

  13. kelmcc says: Mar 1, 2012 11:30 AM

    Exhibit 74 as to why you don’t give Peyton Hillis a long term contract.

    The only career options he has is as the “Ronnie” character when they start filming the redneck version of Jersey Shore.

  14. KIR says: Mar 1, 2012 11:31 AM

    Why is this guy being discussed? I’m trying not to be a hater but look at his stats! It’s just laughable.

    College Career
    2004 240yrd 3.8avg
    2005 315yrd 4.8avg
    2006 57yrd 4.9avg
    2007 348yrd 5.6avg

    Professional Career

    2008 68att 343yrds 5.0avg
    2009 3att 54yrds 4.2avg
    2010 270att 1177yrds 4.4avg
    2011 161att 587yrds

  15. CKL says: Mar 1, 2012 11:31 AM

    He sounds like he’s a little nuts, quite frankly. I wonder what happened to the guy?

  16. maseworld83 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:31 AM

    Madden curse will get you every time!

  17. jjrs89 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:34 AM

    Retiring is what guys do when they’ve been in the league several years, and their bodys can no longer compete at the same level with the rest of the league.

    What Hillis was thinking about doing was “quitting”

  18. ifyouthinkofgarbagethinkofakeem says: Mar 1, 2012 11:34 AM

    MADDEN CURSE. Just like everyone else on the cover

  19. jbl429 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:35 AM

    Total headcase. Nobody is going to give big money to a diva like this who thinks about retiring from the best job he’ll ever have when things aren’t going his way. But that’s probably good news for the Browns who will be able to keep him cheap.

  20. vegaskid21 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:35 AM

    I don’t think he has made enough money to “retire” yet. Title should have said,”Peyton Hillis trying to find a new job.”

  21. td40 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:37 AM

    Bummer. As much as I’m a fan of this guy, I’m really starting to get the impression that he’s a headcase.

    There are some headcases in the NFL that have been straightened out- or at least long enough to make a career out of it (see T.O.). There are other headcases who never had a chance (see Ryan Leaf). I can only hope Hillis is somewhere closer to the former than the latter. If not, no problem. Chris Ogbonnaya did pretty well when they’d give him some creative running plays and some half-competent blocking. He definitely did more with his chances than Hardesty did, IMO.

  22. bpjensen says: Mar 1, 2012 11:37 AM

    Hillis really wrote the book on How to Land a Multi-million Dollar Contract.

  23. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Mar 1, 2012 11:38 AM

    Since the average career of professional football players are pretty short it is probably smart to think about what he would do after

  24. jakek2 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:38 AM

    Ricky Williams 2.0

  25. firethorn1001 says: Mar 1, 2012 11:54 AM

    He didn’t go CIA, but he sure went MIA.

  26. citiciti says: Mar 1, 2012 12:15 PM

    Talk about red flags.

  27. zrb17 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:20 PM

    KIR…..not a Peyton Hillis fan by any means, although i can’t consider his college stats…. You have to realize he was a blocker in the same backfield as McFadden and Felix Jones.

  28. brownsfan39 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:23 PM

    Sounds like Hillis is losing it! Maybe everyone, including the Browns would be better off if he did find another line of work. Strange character!

  29. rubbernilly says: Mar 1, 2012 12:24 PM

    realnflmaster says:
    Just come to the JETS. Help us start our dynasty so I can laugh at all the haters in the comment section.

    OK, I’m laughing at you.

    1) For your admission that you need to “start” a dynasty, effectively throwing Sanchize and the rest of the Jets under the bus… and

    2) That you think Peyton Hillis is the missing piece.

    Good luck with that.

  30. EJ says: Mar 1, 2012 12:25 PM

    I didn’t believe in the Madden curse, but man, who wouldn’t after every player that graces the cover has something crazy happen to them?

    If you look at his stats, you kind of pause and think, this guy is just your average RB, what do the Browns and their fans see in him? I’ve seen a few exciting runs from him but, not much more than that. Its no wonder the organization is hesitant to hand over a long term contract, Hillis is an average back.

    Maybe they should try to work a deal out with Buffalo for Freddy Jackson or CJ Spiller?

  31. pslbucfan says: Mar 1, 2012 12:30 PM

    Consider for a minute that Hillis wanted to do this (CIA) before entering the NFL. Pat Tillman left a lucrative NFL career to answer a different calling, and I dare anyone to call him a “head case”. Give the guy a break.

  32. bordner says: Mar 1, 2012 12:37 PM

    KIR says:
    Mar 1, 2012 11:31 AM
    Why is this guy being discussed? I’m trying not to be a hater but look at his stats! It’s just laughable.

    2010 270att 1177yrds 4.4avg
    —————————————
    That line right there. And the fact that he’s… well you know…

  33. slowclyde86 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:37 PM

    Physically tough but mentally weak.

  34. dan7800 says: Mar 1, 2012 12:49 PM

    Don’t you see what is REALLY going on here? He was covertly inserted into the NFL by the CIA in order to learn more information about Brady Quinn. The plan failed for 2 reasons.

    A) Quinn was traded for Hillis, so they couldn’t be on the same team.

    B) It was obvious something was up. There are no real white running backs in the NFL.

  35. uwsptke says: Mar 1, 2012 12:51 PM

    The guy doesn’t love the game, he’s looking to get paid and get out. It’s so obvious.

    He’s been in the league for four years and has been whining about not getting a big deal since day one. He refuses to take the field with a variety of minor ailments. He has no passion for the game and wants to get paid.

  36. tommikula says: Mar 1, 2012 1:07 PM

    Don’t you see what is REALLY going on here? He was covertly inserted into the NFL by the CIA in order to learn more information about Brady Quinn. The plan failed for 2 reasons.

    A) Quinn was traded for Hillis, so they couldn’t be on the same team.

    B) It was obvious something was up. There are no real white running backs in the NFL.

    __________________________________

    Travis Jervey and Mike Alstott take offense to point B.

  37. effedinLA says: Mar 1, 2012 1:14 PM

    This is how you make a small fortune in the NFL. Show them you have the skills to make a large fortune then go all stupid publicly. Well done!

  38. godofwine330 says: Mar 1, 2012 1:25 PM

    This dude is a drama queen. Glad we didn’t sign him to a big contract. Go ahead, test the market and you will find that because you have been an idiot over the past year the world has gotten wise to your shenanigans and no one wants to pay you for your self inflated, overestimated self worth.

    Good luck

  39. 611jmp says: Mar 1, 2012 1:27 PM

    Tiger Woods wants to be a Navy Seal, and Peyton Hillis wants to be CIA agent. I want to be an astronaut! Or maybe a fireman…or a cowboy….

  40. torethatbridgeout says: Mar 1, 2012 1:58 PM

    My guess is there’s more to this than we know. Maybe he’s bipolar, or struggling with depression. For his sake, I hope he’s discussed these thoughts and feelings with a qualified medical professional.

  41. wewantmoretebowandfavrearticles says: Mar 1, 2012 2:08 PM

    I saw the Browns play last year and I must say I don’t blame him at all.

  42. Tribe&Browns&Cavs says: Mar 1, 2012 2:17 PM

    1) Small bursts of brilliance leading to overinflated ego
    2) Overall average performance
    3) Poor effect on team morale
    4) Inability to filter communication of irrational thoughts
    5) Delusional desire to fight crimes

    Peyton Hillis is the Dwight Schrute of the NFL

  43. lombardihero says: Mar 1, 2012 2:35 PM

    I heard Ryan Leaf plans on playing Hillis in his life story movie oh wait you got to have more than two pages worth of materials to make a movie.

  44. dpbrew says: Mar 1, 2012 2:37 PM

    Good Lord ! Has this man seen a psychiatrist or had recent CT exam ? Please stifle yourself sir!

  45. castleofcheese says: Mar 1, 2012 2:37 PM

    1) Small bursts of brilliance leading to overinflated ego
    2) Overall average performance
    3) Poor effect on team morale
    4) Inability to filter communication of irrational thoughts
    5) Delusional desire to fight crimes

    Peyton Hillis is the Dwight Schrute of the NFL
    ———–
    I would give this 100 thumbs up if I could lol.

  46. pacificajim says: Mar 1, 2012 3:14 PM

    CIA???

    Are we sure Hillis wasn’t referring to the Culinary Institute of America?

  47. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Mar 1, 2012 5:23 PM

    CIA? What conference are they in?

  48. packermilitia says: Mar 1, 2012 6:19 PM

    Drama Queen is an understatement. He is now 100% head case. Maybe he should consider politics?

  49. jooceman says: Mar 1, 2012 6:29 PM

    What on earth makes him think that the CIA would want to hire him? He seems to be lacking the main attribute that is required to work at the Central INTELLIGENCE Agency.

  50. MichaelEdits says: Mar 2, 2012 7:35 AM

    He sounds like the type of guy that the Patriots would turn into an elite performer and leave the rest of the league wondering why they couldn’t do that.

    No. No, I’m not going to say that playing for the Patriots would be good training for the CIA. I’m not.

  51. bebopa says: Mar 5, 2012 12:15 AM

    Run Forrest Run…. this guy will never be mistaken for Einstein.

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