August 15, 2014

NFL Rumor: Browns to Offer Peyton Hillis Three-Year Deal

Rumors are circulating throughout Berea that the Cleveland Browns have prepared a three-year, incentive-laden offer of for running back Peyton Hillis.

Fresh off of locking up veteran linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, the Browns have apparently set their sites on Hillis who followed up a career season in 2010 with a relative clunker one season later. The Browns, per Cleveland’s 19 Action News/WOIO’s Tony Zarella, have pulled their initial offer off of the table and have provided the back with a deal where he could prove which of the last two seasons was in fact the aberation.

“Its really in his court,” said Zarella in a Tuesday morning interview on 92.3 The Fan.  It was Zarella who reported the initial offer of three years and $16.5 million back in November. The new offer is reported to start around the $10 million mark with very little in guarantees.

Hillis finished the 2011 season strong, recording 211 combined yards against the Arizona Cardinals and Baltimore Ravens. Unfortunately, those two weeks comprised more than a third of his season total of 587 yards with three touchdowns. His contractual status was a large part of the 2011 season’s narrative as the player missed multiple games due to illness and injury.

Ealier this month, it was reported that the Browns front office was split on Hillis, some members opting to move on and address running back needs via the NFL Draft. While it is an option, the Browns have essentially dismissed any notion of using the franchise tag on Hillis, a move that would cost the team $7.7 million on a one-year deal.

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  • Max

    looks like the Browns are saving that Franchise tag for their MVP, Phil Dawsome

  • http://twitter.com/postal38sp 21UpTheMiddle

    if the numbers are correct. this is a fair deal. Hillis cant think that he is going to get much more money (if at all) anywhere else. there is just a huge question mark above his head as to what are the Browns going to get from this guy year to year. if hillis signs and the recent resigning of MLB D.Jackson we may start to see a better picture as to what the front office will be doing on draft day.

  • MrCleaveland

    I hope Hillis realizes that his career has already peaked with the Madden thing and that he should be happy with what the Browns offer. Otherwise, he’ll be out of football and forgotten in two years, if not sooner.

  • MrCleaveland

    I hope Hillis realizes that his career has already peaked with the Madden thing and that he should be happy with what the Browns offer. Otherwise, he’ll be out of football and forgotten in two years, if not sooner.

  • MrCleaveland

    I hope Hillis realizes that his career has already peaked with the Madden thing and that he should be happy with what the Browns offer. Otherwise, he’ll be out of football and forgotten in two years, if not sooner.

  • mgbode

    Hillis is an injury waiting to happen.  But, he’ll get more than $10mil for 3 years w/ little guarantees on the open market.

    I still think that initial offer of $16.5mil for 3 years is fair and probably one that they are working back towards, but we’ll see.

  • mgbode

    Hillis is an injury waiting to happen.  But, he’ll get more than $10mil for 3 years w/ little guarantees on the open market.

    I still think that initial offer of $16.5mil for 3 years is fair and probably one that they are working back towards, but we’ll see.

  • mgbode

    Hillis is an injury waiting to happen.  But, he’ll get more than $10mil for 3 years w/ little guarantees on the open market.

    I still think that initial offer of $16.5mil for 3 years is fair and probably one that they are working back towards, but we’ll see.

  • BenRM

    I still think he’s going to try to get his money elsewhere, but at least the FO is putting in a GFE.

  • BenRM

    I sort of think that’s likely to happen anyway. 

  • Harv 21

    Doubt he’ll return after the perceived insult of the initial offer being lowered significantly. 

    This is a case where the Browns know all about him now, plusses and minuses, and revised their offer after they got a decent look at the combine as to what else is available. They know Hillis far better than any other potential suitors who may get blinded by the upside. This is an informed decision and I have no problem with it.

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    And producer of 46% of their points, BTW.

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    As much as I criticize this group of fools, I do admire them for sucking in their pride and offering another good contract to their most powerful offensive weapon.  I thought for sure their hubris would get the better of them, but cooler heads (Childress?) prevailed.  I hope he signs it and we can move on.

  • Fastkat

    Best cleav runner in over 20 years. He was slowed by injury. Ya don’t get better by losing your best players. If no rg3 go tannehill at 22.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Yea I can’t imagine him accepting the loss of $6.5 million after everything we read and heard this past season.  Of course I don’t entirely believe it all but still that’s alot of money to leave behind.  That and the Browns didn’t exactly handle his situation all that well themselves.  If he doesn’t resign here it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up.

  • Rocksteady450

    I think it is a fair deal for Him. Lace up your shoes and show them what you are worth PH !

  • mgbode

    he does seem like the kind of guy who could hold a grudge and there are 2 divisional teams who could use a RB at the moment.

  • Natedawg86

    I love this flea market trick by the seller.  I want 30 for 3, I will give you 16, um can we meet i the middle at 24…pause…I will give you 10 …buyer confused…um can you go 16?…

  • Henry Brown

    When did Brad freaking Childress become the silver bullet of this organization?

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    It is a testament to how dumb the current coaching staff was before Childress got there that he would be the panacea for it.

    I’ll always remember what some poster on ESPN.com said about the Childress hiring the day it was announced:  “If Brad Childress is the answer, I don’t know want to know the question.”

    Yikes.

  • Jay

    Since the Browns resigned DQ-Five-Two (brilliant move imo) they should slap the Franchise tag on this guy & see what he can do. If he wants to pout around like he (allegedly) did for the better of last season, then no harm done. If he comes out and has a repeat performance of his Madden earning year, then offer him a 3 year deal.

  • dwhit110

    Yeah, most organizations give their new offensive coordinator the power to offer contracts. I’m sure that’s what’s going on here… /sarcasm

  • C-Bus Kevin

    It’s a passing league. The sooner Hillis figures this out, the sooner he’ll realize he needs to get a paycheck while people are still interested.

    At this point, getting franchise tagged would be terrible for Peyton as it would likely result in an incomplete season with more nagging injuries resulting in even less money overall. I know it sounds grim, but let’s face it. Running backs are disposable and even great running backs don’t carry teams to championships. That hasn’t been the case since Terrell Davis.

  • guest

    ^^ Dick Jauron dislikes this comment

  • TSR3000

    Not better than Jamal. No way.

  • LesFleursDuMal

    No way that Hillis is worth the franchise amount for a RB ($7.7mm-$8mm). I’d like to see him on our squad next season but the money has to be right. As well as his head. And Hamstring. And throat. 

  • Kildawg

    I wouldn’t use the tag on Hillis, as we can sign him to this deal. Incentives can always be increased, meaning he would try his hardest to stay healthy and help this offense. He and Mr. Automatic #4 are now the top priorities to get re-signed since we got D. Jackson for 5 more years (42.5 mil, 19 guaranteed). 

  • George

    I am a fan of 40 plus years and although we had a lousy season once again I do believe the foundation is there to move in the right direction.  We need Peyton Hillis so sign him and lets get on with the draft.  An O lineman is the priority.  Colt McCoy will do just fine with some protection.  Next after an O lineman would be a rush D-Lineman.

  • George

    Give GM and Holgrem one more year.  What have they done lately. Don’t even consider trading up for RG111 as McCoy is just as good if not better.  We can’t keep changing QB’s

  • http://twitter.com/oribiasi oribiasi

    They could do worse…like Shurmur,

  • edfie

    I watched Peyton at Conway High School, the University of AR, and now in the NFL. Please remember the UofAR FB that blocked for Darren McFadden (Heisman runner up, Oakland) and Felix Jones, (Dallas) then winds up with Josh McDaniels for a rooky coach. OMG! Show him the money and he will earn every penny of it, but no one can do it all by themselves 

  • Manny Mybarber

    Ur crazy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBICMMXZIEDY6AZTJOVFKIJNQQ hollyw

    agree jauron and childress are the best o-c and d-c we have had in along time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! then we have r.rhodes and a great rb coach…….its beenalong time,atleast during the new browns were we have had a coaching staff like this!!!!we are lucky to have them thats for sure!and are gm knows what he is doing as well,to turn our defense around in just two years to be the top ten defense it is today and still building ,now he is going to work on offence!!!can’t wait…….i know it takes any successful franchise 5 solid drafts to rebuid and stay a contender year in and year out!!!!and we are on our way they there in just two years drafting and its only his third draft coming up!!!!!it will start showing on our record coming soon,but i see the talent flipping on our side and its fun to see!!!COMES BACK TO PREZ MIKE!!!MAN,HE SURE GOT US DOWN THE RIGHT PATH WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE! 3 MORE  NUMBER ONE PICKS AND THEN SOME 2ROUNDERS AND WE WILL BE ON OUR WAY!!!!!!NOW IF WE ADD YOUNG FREE AGENTS TOO LIKE OG CARL NICKS AND DE MARIO WILLIAMS,AND LB CURTIS LOFTON TO PLAY OLB NEXT TOO D”QWELL TWO TACKLING MACHINES LOOK OUT

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBICMMXZIEDY6AZTJOVFKIJNQQ hollyw

    agree jauron and childress are the best o-c and d-c we have had in along time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! then we have r.rhodes and a great rb coach…….its beenalong time,atleast during the new browns were we have had a coaching staff like this!!!!we are lucky to have them thats for sure!and are gm knows what he is doing as well,to turn our defense around in just two years to be the top ten defense it is today and still building ,now he is going to work on offence!!!can’t wait…….i know it takes any successful franchise 5 solid drafts to rebuid and stay a contender year in and year out!!!!and we are on our way they there in just two years drafting and its only his third draft coming up!!!!!it will start showing on our record coming soon,but i see the talent flipping on our side and its fun to see!!!COMES BACK TO PREZ MIKE!!!MAN,HE SURE GOT US DOWN THE RIGHT PATH WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE! 3 MORE  NUMBER ONE PICKS AND THEN SOME 2ROUNDERS AND WE WILL BE ON OUR WAY!!!!!!NOW IF WE ADD YOUNG FREE AGENTS TOO LIKE OG CARL NICKS AND DE MARIO WILLIAMS,AND LB CURTIS LOFTON TO PLAY OLB NEXT TOO D”QWELL TWO TACKLING MACHINES LOOK OUT

  • MIKE

    Seems a contract with little garuanteed money and full of performance incentives is fair for both  the team and Hillis.Smart move by the office.Shore up the right side of the o-line and theres a decent chance we could see a similar type season we saw in 2010.Oh Yeah,a couple of recievers who can get separation AND catch the ball would be a big help.

  • browns tillidie

    you got to be high ,  two step jamal ,one good year then nothing , he was washed when we got him..hillis is a beast but you cant run through a wall we need some linemen on the right side

  • browns tiiidie

    we need some one to catch a pass..g.little drops so many passes that stop drives..colt is ok but you cant pass when every defensive lineman is hanging on your back!!! sign hillis..pick up blackmon at 4 if hes there ,then pick up every good o line you can in the draft

  • Shouldawonin86

    Totally agree.  And Colt can be a winning QB in this league… he’s done it at every other level.

  • boris

    Most NFL ballers hate incentive based deals, but DQuell pinned his ears back and made $6.5MM on his deal last year!

    It’s true the ball is in Hillis’ court. Let’s see what type of character he’s made of.

  • T Schroll

    keep hillis….stay away from rg111…draft blackmon

  • http://www.facebook.com/oliver.highman Oliver Highman

    Been a Browns fan since 1960 and for me even if this man doesnt except this say goodbye get it some where else if you can injured, head not right wow i want to spend a lot of money on him The back up we used why he was out was good knows he needs to  produce and will if given the chance.. Bye Hillis !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • boris

    Ding, Ding. Ding we have a winner!

    No way the Browns crap their pants and give STL 3 #’1′s for Vince Young light!

    My guess is STL will have to take their own pick at #2 as most teams will not fall victim to thier draft day gang rape tactics!

  • Hp

    He needs to take the money & run