Browns running back Peyton Hillis has said he doesn’t know who leaked to the media the notion that in 2011 he considering retiring from football and joining the CIA. Teammate Josh Cribbs has a theory.
Cribbs said Saturday night that he thinks agent Kennard McGuire, whom Hillis recently fired, planted the seeds of the CIA story.
“That tends to hurt a person’s credibility when you get released,” Cribbs said, via Jeff Schudel of the Morning Journal. “It happens all the time. Then you try to scorn a guy. I didn’t think that was a great move for him to try to get future athletes under his belt to try to slur a guy’s good name. We knew better than that.”
Cribbs also believes that the Browns should keep Hillis. “If they feel we can win without him, I would have to disagree,” Cribbs said. “A lot of negative things have been said about him in negative ways, but I know him personally and I vouch for that guy. When he suits up he’s ready to play.”
Of course, on one occasion Hillis didn’t suit up during the 2011 because he had strep throat. And that seemed to be the catalyst for a chain of events that caused Hillis to fall out of favor with the organization.
Regardless of what the team now thinks about Hillis, he’ll become a free agent unless a new deal is negotiated by Match 13 at 4:00 p.m. ET. And of all the offers he gets, it’s unlikely that any will be coming from the CIA.