Peyton Hillis Unlikely To Get Franchise Tag From Browns, According To Report

Cleveland Browns running Peyton Hillis is slated to hit unrestricted free agency after a very disappointing injury filled season in 2011. The Cleveland Browns would like to keep the running back, hoping to recreate his stellar 2010 NFL season. The Browns don't plan to use their franchise tag on Hillis, however, according to a report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Browns running back Peyton Hillis, who had a tumultuous 2011 season, is unlikely to be franchised by the Browns. But they'll still try to re-sign him before he hits the open market March 13 at 4 p.m.

According to the Plain Dealer, the Browns will likely use their tag on kicker Phil Dawson for around $3.8 million instead of the $7.7 million to $8 million that would come with franchise tagging Hillis. The two sides were trying to negotiate a new deal during the season, but talks broke off mid-season after the two sides were far apart.

For more on the Browns and free agency, visit SB Nation's Dawgs By Nature.

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