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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Hillis waits as Browns extend Gocong

By Jamison Hensley

The Cleveland Browns extended another starter, but it's not running back Peyton Hillis.

Cleveland reached a three-year, $16.8 million contract with outside linebacker Chris Gocong, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gocong becomes the fourth player to get a new deal from the Browns this year, joining left tackle Joe Thomas, defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin and tight end Evan Moore.

So, when will it be Hillis' turn? Team president Mike Holmgren said earlier this month that the Browns are "trying like crazy" to sign their powerful starting running back, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract.

Last week, general manager Tom Heckert declined to comment on the status of negotiations with Hillis. "Until we get a deal done with somebody, we're not gonna talk about it," Heckert said.

Gocong, 27, is a strong role player who is in his fifth season as a starter (second year for Cleveland). He does his best work when moving forward, whether it's pressuring the quarterback or a run blitz.