Report: Browns Will Not Franchise Tag RB Peyton Hillis

Thursday March 1st, 2012

The Cleveland Browns do not plan to use the franchise tag on running back Peyton Hillis, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

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Browns general manager Tom Heckert told ESPN on Wednesday that the team would like to keep Hillis if the contract is reasonable. Unable to obtain a long-term deal with Cleveland, Hills has told Browns’ coaches that he was not sure whether he wants to play football anymore.  According to team sources, Hillis has expressed considering retirement and even joining the CIA.   In addition, Hillis and his agent Kennard McGuire have mutually agreed to part ways.

Last season, Hillis rushed for a total of 587 yards and three touchdowns.  Come March 13, the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent running back will get to test his value in the open market.

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