Negotiations have been on going throughout the season but little has surfaced that would suggest that the Browns have longterm plans Hillis. Mary Kay Cabot’s report basically suggests that the Browns aren’t even willing to use their franchise tag him and would prefer to let him walk.
Cleveland has managed to stick with their valuation Hillis but his representation has been using some of the recent contracts signed by other running backs as the benchmark for a new deal. There’s still a chance that a deal could get done at a later point but it’s hard to image that the situation would gain any momentum in the coming weeks.
I can see both sides’ arguments in this situation but it will at the very least ensure that there’s going to be an interesting topic to monitor during free agency.