The Cleveland Browns won’t be putting the franchise tag on former Denver Broncos running back Peyton Hillis, but they reportedly would like to see him return to Cleveland.
In fact, Hillis has grown frustrated with teams not willing to give him a long term deal. Hillis has changed agents four times since the start of the 2011 season, and at the end of last season, the fifth year back was even considering retirement and joining the CIA. That’s why Hillis plans to dive head first into free agency with the hope of signing a long-term contract with a team.
Hillis had his best season in 2010 with the Browns when he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also added 61 receptions and 2 receiving touchdowns.
He averaged a career low 3.6 yards per carry in 2011 and played in just 10 games. That’s why it will be hard for him to secure the kind of long-term deal that he’s looking for.
The Broncos need a complimentary back, but the team likely won’t pay the kind of money that Hillis is asking for. Who is to say that Hillis would even want to come back to an organization that was so willing to ship him out of town, especially after a successful 2009 season?
It’s too bad that Josh McDaniels wrote his ticket out of town. Had he still been around, our running back problems would have been solved last season when the Broncos signed Willis McGahee.