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Browns Will Let Peyton Hillis Leave Following The Season

Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Cleveland Browns are willing to allow RB Peyton Hillis to leave following the conclusion of the 2011 season.

Hillis has consistent been in the headline for all the wrong reasons this season and it’s gotten to the point where teammates are openly criticizing him to the media. That’s not to mention the fact that he’s dealt with multiple injuries, an ongoing contract dispute, and decided not to show up for “Halloween with Hillis” which was an event for the Boys and Girls Club.

It’s one thing after another, and what’s been out there isn’t even the half of it,” an unnamed source told Cabot.

Hillis choose to throw balls at the crossbar before Cleveland’s game against the 49ers despite missing the game because of an injury which didn’t sit well with teammates either.

“Yes, it did get on some people’s nerves that he was throwing balls when he was injured,” said Browns QB Seneca Wallace.  “But at the end of the day, it’s his last name on the back of his jersey, and he has to decide how he wants to represent himself.

It’s been an amazing situation to watch as Hillis looked to be the Browns franchise player but there continues to be a steady stream of issues surrounding him. I can see where the Browns are coming from. Had they committed $20 million guaranteed to Hillis they would have been on the hook for a large sum of money that was being paid to guy that has only managed to put together one healthy season in his career. There would have been a greater chance that his contract would become an albatross. At least we can look forward to more Hillis rumors throughout the season.

 

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