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Cleveland Browns rumors seem to revolve around what the Browns will do to try to land Robert Griffin III, and the status of Peyton Hillis, looking at his physical health as well as his mental health and trying to determine what his commitment level to the NFL was.
Regarding RG3, Peter King of Sports Illustrated wrote that he thinks the Browns don't want to include their No. 22 draft pick overall any longer just to move up two spots. Whether or not the Browns can come up with enough other picks to satisfy the Rams and still keep their No. 22 pick remains to be seen.
The Browns failed to place their franchise tag on Hillis, opting to put it on kicker Phil Dawson instead.
From this National Football Post story by Cory McCormick, Peyton Hillis contemplated retirement in the 2011 season, as well as joining the CIA. On the surface, it all seems quite bizarre, which is why you are smart to treat all rumors with caution.
Hillis' teammate Josh Cribbs thought that an ex-agent for Hillis was behind the CIA story.
An unfortunate side effect of the Gregg Williams scandal is that ex-Saints players that are now on other NFL teams, may face possible suspensions due to their role in the bounty hunting. For the Browns, that could impact LB Scott Fujita, who played in New Orleans under Williams, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
Hillis also shot down a report that he had considered retirement and joining the CIA, saying that he believes someone gave the story to ESPN to discredit him in free agency.
"That's ridiculous," he said. "I never one time mentioned anything to any coach about retirement or joining the CIA or anything like that. It's 100 percent false. I don't know who came up with a story like that, but they should've come up with a better one to make it sound more legit."
At this point, Hillis is slated to become a free agent on March 13. ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley suggests one potential landing spot that would make a lot of sense for Hillis, if he does make it to the FA market.
The Robert Griffin III sweepstakes has been a hot topic 'round these parts all offseason, and that's ramped up since RG3's impressive showing at the NFL scouting combine. In order to get their hands on the promising young passer, QB-needy teams like the Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks will need to out-bid the others in a trade package being shipped to Jeff Fisher's club. If only draft picks are being considered, Cleveland has -- by far -- the easiest path to a successful deal, as they possess the highest 2012 first-rounder (No. 4, compared to No. 6, 8 and 12), and an additional 2012 first-rounder (No. 22) that can be used in conjunction.
Not so fast. According to what a source has revealed to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Browns are unwilling to include the No. 22 pick in any deal with St. Louis "at this point."
Even without the No. 22 pick, the Browns still have the advantage of having the highest first-rounder to ship to St. Louis, so this report -- if it proves true -- does not completely ruin their chances. Moreover, given that we're in the NFL's "silly season," we have to take this report with a grain of salt. It's all a big game of poker, and the disclosure of something like this must be taken in that light.