Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/1/12
The Cleveland Browns decided not to franchise tag their starting running back for the past two seasons, Peyton Hillis. In fact, Hillis has contemplated leaving the game altogether to begin a career with the CIA.

After being traded by the Denver Broncos, Hillis had a breakout season in 2010, his first year in Cleveland. He rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns while giving the Browns a constant go to player on offense.

This past season, however, Hillis’ carries were cut nearly in half as he struggled to stay on the field because of injuries. He finished the season with 587 yards and just three scores. Maybe the Madden curse had something to do with that?

Now possibly entering free agency, Hillis has considered leaving the NFL as the Browns have declined to franchise tag him. Therefore, the running back would hit the free agent market later on this month. No other information about Hillis entering the CIA exists at this time.

Curiously, Hillis and his agent, Kennard, McGuire have recently decided to part ways. According to ESPN, the decision was mutual. McGuire declined to comment and Hillis was unable to be reached.

Besides 2010, Hillis has been through some tough times throughout his career going all the way back to college. At Arkansas, he played second fiddle to running backs Felix Jones and then Darren McFadden. Then, Denver traded him as they didn’t think he could play and now, Cleveland doesn’t seem to think he is worth keeping.

Perhaps Hillis has been discouraged one too many times in his playing days. Certainly, departing ways with his agent could be a telling sign that Hillis is actually considering a career outside the NFL. 

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