Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Report: Browns' Hillis to visit Kansas City
By Jamison Hensley
Browns free-agent running back Peyton Hillis is set to visit the Kansas City Chiefs, a source told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
The Plain Dealer didn't specify the date of the trip, but the paper indicated that Hillis could sign quickly if the meeting goes well. This would be a good move for the Browns and Hillis, both of whom need fresh starts after a season that included a questionable strep throat, a reported intervention and a possible career move to the CIA.
The Browns would've kept Hillis if the deal was cheap and short term. The only way Hillis would've agreed to that is if he didn't receive any interest in the free-agent market.
Hillis was the biggest disappointment on the Browns last season. His rushing yards dropped from 1,177 in 2010 to 587 last season. He was sidelined for five games with a hamstring injury and one with strep throat.
If the Chiefs want to see if they can get a motivated Hillis, there should be no hard feelings from the Browns. Cleveland has some pieces in the backfield with Montario Hardesty, Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya, but the Browns need a dependable playmaker as their featured back. And, as everyone saw last year, Hillis was far from dependable.