View Full Version : Browns losing faith in Hillis?

02-28-2012, 10:20 AM
BROWNS: the Plain Dealer of Cleveland named running back Peyton Hillis as a candidate to get the franchise tag. Now, the paper has scratched him off the list. According to the Plain Dealer (http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2012/02/cleveland_browns_running_back_22.html), the Browns are unlikely to use the tag on Hillis but they will attempt to re-sign him before he becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 13. Cleveland was expected to use the tag on D'Qwell Jackson before the Browns signed the middle linebacker to a five-year, $42.5 million deal (http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/post/_/id/43091/browns-take-risk-by-signing-dqwell-jackson). The Plain Dealer is reporting it's "doubtful" that the Browns will use the tag but they would put it on kicker Phil Dawson if they choose to use it.

Hensley's slant: It's a no-brainer to pass on putting the franchise tag on Hillis. You give $7.7 million for one season to the likes of Ray Rice and Matt Forte, not a running back who averaged 3.6 yards per carry. If the Browns don't place the tag on Dawson, he'll go elsewhere. Cleveland has to decide whether to replace him through free agency or the draft.

It's pretty bad when you have to franchise tag a kicker.. I know we did it with Jeff Reed but look how that turned out..LOL

02-29-2012, 08:34 AM
I'd take Hillis in a second. He has caughed up the ball a few times but he's one tuff bulldozer of a back.

03-24-2012, 05:52 PM
Not surprised... Hillis is injury prone IMO

03-25-2012, 12:15 PM
For a while, they couldn't wait to get rid of him. Then they wanted to Franchise Tag him. Crazy business, isn't it?

04-10-2012, 06:58 PM
Didn't he sign with the Chiefs?