The issues with Peyton Hillis continue, and now the Plain Dealer is reporting today that the team has reached it’s apex with all the issues and will not go after him for a new deal in the offseason.
Mary Kay Cabot of the PD reports today that there’s more issues than anyone knows, and that thoughts of trying to get Hillis to come to a long-term deal is totally not going to happen.
At this point, it would take a dramatic turnaround in behavior and production for Hillis to persuade the Browns to re-sign him when he becomes a free agent in March.
“It’s one thing after another, and what’s been out there isn’t even the half of it,” one source said.
And now, Hillis is expected to miss at least a couple of more games after re-injuring his hamstring in practice Friday afternoon. Hillis had an MRI on Friday, and it showed a significant strain to his left hamstring. Hillis got hurt in the first 15 minutes of practice, which was open to the media.
Friday when he was hurt seemed to be the death blow to him possibly getting on track for 2012. Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports was in town this week, and wrote a long piece about the issues with Hillis.
Wednesday a group of about eight Browns veterans had summoned Hillis into a meeting room for an intervention-style, air-clearing session designed to restore his focus. After a breakout season in 2010 that vaulted him to national prominence, including a spot on the “Madden NFL ’12” cover, the 25-year-old back’s consuming desire for a new contract has become a locker room distraction that numerous teammates regard as an impediment to cohesion and collective success.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says one Browns veteran. “Last year, Peyton was such a positive, inspirational force on our team – but now he’s like a different guy. It’s like he’s in a funk that he can’t get out of, and it’s killing us, because we really need him. And we’ve told him that. But we’re at the point where we just don’t know what to do.”
So what’s next for Hillis? Probably not much. Seems like his claim to fame will forever be the cover of a video game, and other than that, it appears that Hillis will be in another uniform in 2012.