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The Cleveland Browns will not use their franchise tag on running back Peyton Hillis, reports ESPN's Adam Schefter.
ESPN further reports that Hillis even contemplated retirement and joining the CIA instead.
Cleveland GM Tom Heckert had this to say to about the Hillis situation:
"If we can work something out with Peyton (Hillis) we will," Heckert told ESPN. "Did he have some rough patches during the season? Yes. Were there stretches where things were blown out of proportion? Yes. Honestly, I feel like a lot of that was blown up in the media."
Those rough patches during the season are enough for Hillis to hit the free-agent market.
So what about a destination for Hillis?
Well, Mike Shanahan drafted Peyton Hillis with the Denver Broncos in 2008, and now Shanahan's current team, the Washington Redskins, would be a good fit for Hillis, says NBC Sports' Mike Tanier.
Behind Roy Helu, Washington is questionable at the RB position, as Tim Hightower is an unrestricted free agent who won't see the field until June.
Keep an eye on this one.