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The Cleveland Browns stuck to their guns and weathered the storm that was Peyton Hillis' two-year stay. Hillis was successful at a few things including breaking tackles, scoring touchdowns and causing more drama than a diva wideout.
He's a free agent because he rejected a four-to-five-year offer worth $25-$26 million in 2011. One would think that would mean he's on the lookout for more, but he's not in line to get it.
Lets consider the facts here, Hillis was indeed limited in 2011 to say the least, but he did carry the load back in 2010.
He had 270 carries for 1,117 yards and rumbled in for 11 scores that season. His 4.4 yards per carry average and ability to contribute in the passing game (61 receptions, 471 yards, two touchdowns) were his most impressive attributes.
So let's compare for a minute. Take fellow free agent and New England Patriots undrafted commodity BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
He also struggled through the majority of 2011, but Green-Ellis toughed it out and managed 11 touchdowns and nearly 700 yards. Rewind back a year and the Law Firm carried the ball 229 times to the tune of 1,008 yards and 13 touchdowns. He matched Hillis' yards per carry average of 4.4 and the two aren't even close in the ball security department.
Hillis may edge BGE with his pass-catching ability, but Green-Ellis has yet to fumble in 510 career attempts while Hillis has put the ball on the ground 11-times in 512 attempts.
The Patriots are letting Green-Ellis test the market and I'm sure the Browns will do the same with Hillis. Hillis would be misguided to expect a massive commitment to him especially considering players like Green-Ellis, who may very well be better investments, are available.