The report mentions that Hillis “worked his way back into the team’s good graces” with his performance at the end of the season. Despite the change of opinion, Cleveland is still believed to only be interested “at the right price” which was their stance earlier in the season before talks broke down.
Hillis’ poor decisions largely impacted the team’s willingness to negotiate a deal but the two sides were reportedly far apart in regards to the contract totals. At just 26, Hillis would help stabilize their running game next season but he’ll have to dramatically lower his asking price to remain in Cleveland. At least it’s a possibility now.