It seemed as though Peyton Hillis‘s 2011 season was shaping up to be a hugely successful year for him seeing as he had just been voted on to the Madden cover and was heading into a contract year. But the season took a turn for the worse and negotiations between the Browns had Hillis were shutdown at the mid-season point.
Vic Carcucci of ClevelandBrowns.com writes that Hillis’s recent play is helping to “repair some of the damage caused by a still-unresolved contract dispute.”
In the last few weeks Hillis has put together back-to-back solid performances against quality defenses (Arizona and Baltimore) and looks be closer to his 2010 form than what we saw earlier in the year. The team has said that they’ll allow Hillis to test the free agent market at the end of the season but they may get involved at some point, especially if he’s unable to find serious interest from other teams but I would expect the Browns to stick to their original offer especially when you consider that they’ve set themselves up pretty for next years draft.