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Report: Browns Interested In Retaining Peyton Hillis

Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis had a disappointing season marred by injury in 2011, but a source tells Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the team still has interest in bringing him back next season.

After rushing for 1,177 yards in 2010, his first season in Cleveland, Hills missed five games in the middle of 2011 with a hamstring injury. He returned, however, to make 101 carries for 376 yards over the final six weeks of the season.

Hillis becomes an unrestricted free agent on March 13, but it appears the interest in keeping him around next season is mutual.

"I'm a Cleveland Brown at heart," Hillis said at the conclusion of the season. "Since I've been here, I fell in love with the fans and the city and the people that live here. They've been nothing but 100 percent supportive through everything when I talk to them. It's good to have a second family backing me like that."