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Have the Browns Already Locked Up RB Peyton Hillis?

If there’s one player that you would think wouldn’t sign before the start of free agency, it’s Browns running back Peyton Hillis.

The Browns and Hillis had a very rocky road in 2012, with injuries, rumors of tanking it, and a staph infection that started the ball rolling in week three.

While I would take this one with a grain of salt, there’s a rumor floating around that Hillis has come to terms with the Browns, this even before the NFL Combine starts.

Cleveland’s Fox 8 Sports Producer Nicholas Kovach reported earlier this afternoon the story, but again, it sounds very far fetched.

We’ll keep an eye on it, but I would be stunned if the Browns and Hills have come to terms this early before free agency.



  1. MJ

    February 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    If,IF,IF true, I would assume it’s an incentive-laden contract at a good market price. I think that a reasonable deal – 4-5 million a season with incentives that could make it more lucrative – makes a lot of sense given that the Browns do have quite a bit of cap-room. Hillis can catch the ball out of the backfield, and as he showed us at the end of the year against Baltimore, can be a force when healthy. A backfield of Hillis, Hardesty, Brandon Jackson, and Ogbonnaya (and/or a third or fourth round draft pick) could be strong – assuming Hardesty is the talent that H&H seemed to think he was when they drafted him. IF TRUE – and we didn’t break the bank – I like it.

  2. Denolakes

    February 20, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Hillis is worthy retention — if the price is right. Agree that any contract should be incentive-laden — esp. after last season. This takes a page out of D’Qwell’s book. After Hillis –and I am not yet convinced that he is the best alternative, but certainly understand the willingness to give it another year — the remaining backfield is expendable, IMO . . .

  3. Dotcommie

    February 22, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    Last year, the entire RB corps played like they were expendable. Just to get a better look at the top of the group, I would be happy to re-sign Hillis and Brandon Jackson. And yes, they should be incentive-heavy.

    That would also reduce the expectation of them looking for a RB in the draft this year. Hardesty is a bust, through and through. Even if he managed to play a full season sometime in the future, he’s taking up a roster spot from another high-risk prospect. I’d rather take a shot at some undrafted free-agent pickup that plays well in the pre-season than try to find someone mid-season When Hardesty blows a ligament.

    As a note, this news about Hillis may be already discredited. The reports of his signing this weekend were pronounced false earlier this week.

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