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Report: Peyton Hillis Considered Retirement, Joining CIA

As if the Peyton Hillis saga has not had enough bizarre angles, ESPN”s Adam Schefter reports that the Browns running back spent the last year considering retirement and has told the team such intentions as recent as the end of this past season.

Recently firing his third agent in the past 12 months, Hillis reportedly “wavered” on playing football at all throughout the past season, going as far as to consider joining the CIA.  Cititng deflation from a bevy of football-related issues — being a reserve in Arkansas, being traded from Denver, and being unable to secure a long-term deal in Cleveland — Hillis continues to be all over the mental map. Schefter adds that all of this does appear to be behind the player and he allegedly desires to continue on with his career in the NFL.

The Browns will reportedly not use the franchise tag on Hillis, opting to use the $7.7 million elsewhere. Recent reports circulated which stated the team has offered Hillis a three-year, incentive-laden deal. After the last year of extreme ups and downs, coupled with this latest revelation, it is difficult to envision any sort of large amount of guaranteed money being sent his way. If an agreement between parties cannot be reached, Hillis will become an unrestricted free agent.

Having the world in his hands as recent as two seasons ago, appearing on the cover of Madden 12 and having his jersey fly off of Cleveland shelves, in 10 games through 2011, Hillis amassed 587 yards and three touchdowns.

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  • Send him packing. No deal should be given to a guy with this news out there now. I completely question his commitment.

  • Harv 21

    well, wouldn’t take that seriously until he clears out his locker.

    #cribbs’dhilarioushashtag

  • JJ

    this is crazy. Tiger Woods to the SEALS and Hillis to the CIA. Tony Pashos……crossing guard

  • Mark

    What’s that sound I hear? Oh, it’s the Hillis train leaving town! And look, there are the Browns standing at the station waving goodbye. Bye, bye Payton. It was nice knowing you.

  • mike_964boo

    excuse me, whats CIA? Central Intelligence Agency? Cleveland Institute of Art? Culinary Institute of America?

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Ugh I think he’s sustained one to many hits if this is true.  If it is I’d reconsider offering him a deal because it’s clear this guy is a few cans short of a six pack.  I knew Denver got rid of him for some kind of reason.  You don’t give away 1,000 yard backs for virtually nothing, I mean Quinn.

  • This guy is obviously off his mental rocker. Let him go and draft ma’ boi Doug Martin 😀

  • Ok, this is even getting too weird for me.  If true, I don’t know if he is right for professional football.  Maybe he doesn’t have the mental toughness to play a sport like this. Yikes.

  • mgbode

    I wouldn’t trust Tony Pashos to block oncoming cars from my kids. 

  • swig

    If he signs the incentive laden contract I’d welcome him back.  If a couple mill can’t get him focused then nothing will.

    If he wants a bigger guarantee, then buh-bye.

  • MrCleaveland

    I kind of like the idea of having a complete psycho pounding the ball up between the tackles for us.

  • TBuck

    He can’t pull out to the middle of the road fast enough to protect the kids on a screen pass…oops, I mean green light.

  • mgbode

    much to do about nothing.

    (it’d be nice if one of these times we had a high profile guy just re-sign quietly w/o a bunch of noise.  oh wait, we did.  thank you Joe Thomas for being Joe Thomas.)

  • Since the Steelers and Ravens fill their defenses with criminals, sounds like having a CIA agent in the Browns offensive huddle would be a good idea.

    Hillis just needs to grow up, I think. If everything said/written about him turns out to be true, it still comes off as someone who is immature, rather than a trouble maker.

    Everyone else in the league is reading these reports as well, which would seem to make it more likely that he won’t get any kind of real contract offer from another team. If the Browns can bring him back on a one- or two-year contract with a small amount of guaranteed money, I would be OK with that. If he grows up, he can still be an asset.

  • Harv 21

    This is the Browns’s fault. They’ve handled his situation all wrong, so wrong it appears they’ve made him craaaazy.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    “Everyone else in the league is reading these reports as well, which would seem to make it more likely that he won’t get any kind of real contract offer from another team,” good point maybe it’ll allow the Browns to retain him for cheaper.

    For some reason I keep thinking of Bobby Boucher running the ball, lol.

  • 216in614

    What??? The Browns handled the Hillis situation perfectly if you ask me.

  • Deuce

    he’s a nut

  • saggy

    This is one of the funniest comment sections we have had here in a long time.

    Witty, witty everyone!

  • goodonpaper

    i would like to join the CIA too, and be a fireman, and a doctor, and drive a tow truck, and stay up as late as i want… all by myself

  • mgbode

    well, good thing noone asked you.

    (and you might want to check the batteries in your sarcasm detector)

  • porckchpxpress

    I kinda feel like Cleveland sports fans are pre-facelift Bruce Jenner and our teams are the Kardashian girls (right down to the Grady naked pictures).  Can’t we just get through one bleeping week without somebody embarassing us on a national stage??? 

    The Hillis thing does make me smile though.   When I’m bored I write dialogue for an imaginary show I call “Colt:  Texas Texan”.  Its a “Walker” inspired idea where Colt and Cribbs as the black guy go around solving crimes using their football skills.  Hillis was always the muscle, a guy who bends bars, picks up cars etc.  Now I think he is going to be reinvented as the “Face” a master of disguise type.  And no there is nothing odd about making up imaginary TV shows for your own amusement, so don’t even start.

  • mgbode

    re-sign Hillis and put him at QB.  we’ll have our very own Tebow

  • mgbode

    Attention WFNY editors:  Golden Opportunity here for a weekly series during the Browns offseason.  

    “Stay tuned for next week’s episode when Cribbs uses his ST tackling skills to stop a fleeing suspect”

  • EyesAbove

    I thought Hillis supported Ron Paul for president? Ron Paul wants to eliminate the CIA.

    This guy is a total flake. And his best days are likely already behind him. Bill Parcells once said in regard to running backs “once the tread comes off the tires you dont get it back”. I think the Browns should move on from Hillis unless its a very, very team friendly deal.

  • Kevin

    CIA???? are we April, 1st?

  • Kevin


    Everyone else in the league is reading these reports as well, which would seem to make it more likely that he won’t get any kind of real contract offer from another team. ”

    That’s why I think Holmgren is behind this… it’s his way to negotiate a contract… The guy is a genius haha

  • goodonpaper

    and next week on a very special texas texan…

  • porckchpxpress

    Each episodes arch nemisis is of course the Rothelisburglar  who generally comes off as a slightly stupider Snidley Whiplash (best villian ever). 
    McCoy has descended into talking in nothing but mangled folksy sayings like “He’s stuck like a tractors nuts in a chicken’s gizzard.”
    I got the idea after the reports that his “hay is in the barn” speech left alot of players confused.

    I still think it would work great as an STO rain delay show, or as shorts in between weekly replayings of Baab’s “Masters of The Gridiron” although I’m insisting that Lanigan comes back and hosts it ala the old Prize Movie on WUAB.

    You can’t possibly get more Cleveland than that.

  • Hypno_Toad

    Those are fine. Now the batteries in my Everything’s OK Alarm, well those need replaced.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTzByQTeyJQ 

  • Hypno_Toad

    Comment of the day.

  • mgbode

    thank you sir.  and that with a lot of good ones today.

  • mgbode

    we’re Cleveland fans though.  might as well pawn your “everything’s okay alarm” as you won’t need much use for it 🙂

  • mgbode

    best villain ever = Hamburgler

    he’s who made Grimace grimace afterall.

  • goodonpaper

    i think a murderous ray lewis speaking only in pre-game motivationese would make a decent complement for the rothlesburglar

  • Natedawg86

    With all of his conspiracies last year…

  • Natedawg86

    With all of his conspiracies last year…

  • He never got put up for murder,(never convicted, he was just in the wrong place,wrong time) so dont be a hater, he’s a hall of famer, and the best linebacker ever to play. Don’t be jealous.

  • Browns Fan in 614

    Soups on would be the HEAT, he could add the super hero element. Landis would just have to be his side-kick. I am stoked I think this show is a great idea, Colt surely is’nt gonna make it as a nfl quaterback so he could parlay the series into a acting career or he could join the cia with hillis, or the girl scouts with Tony Paschos

  • Ryan318

    CIA? he has a better chance of being MIA