Browns Free Agency 2012: Peyton Hillis Likely Leaving Cleveland

Compared to the other teams in the AFC North, the Cleveland Browns are a mess. They haven't won more than five games in four straight seasons and struggled badly in 2011. Colt McCoy doesn't seem to be the answer the Browns were looking for at quarterback and Peyton Hillis, who came off a great season in 2010, was bad in 2011. If the Browns don't get things together, they're going to fall even farther behind the Steelers, Ravens and even the Bengals.

The Browns are likely going to lose Peyton Hillis in free agency this year. Other free agents that could be leaving Cleveland tomorrow are Mike Adams and Dimitri Patterson. Hillis is the biggest name to possibly leave the Browns as there were reportedly problems in the locker room. The team already re-signed middle linebacker D'Qwell Jackson.

The Browns have some money to spend to improve their chances in 2012, but they need to find the right players. Since Hillis likely going to leave, the Browns could go after Brandon Jacobs, who is a similar style running back. They need help at wide receiver, so players like Mario Manningham or Pierre Garcon could help them. More than anything, though, the Browns need a quarterback. Peyton Manning is out of the picture and since the Rams-Redskins trade, so is RG3. The Browns could make a serious move for Matt Flynn, but they'll have to outbid a few other interested teams.

For more free agency updates, got go SB Nation's Browns blog, Dawgs By Nature.

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