Browns GM Tom Heckert told ESPN on Wednesday that the club is open to re-signing RB Peyton Hillis.
"If we can work something out with Peyton (Hillis) we will," Heckert told ESPN's Josina Anderson. "Did he have some rough patches during the season? Yes. Were there stretches where things were blown out of proportion? Yes. Honestly, I feel like a lot of that was blown up in the media. Now, of course things will still come down to the money, but we'll just have to wait and see."
Earlier Wednesday, Anderson reported that Hillis, who's slated to be an unrestricted free agent, was no longer represented by agent Kennard McGuire. According to the Akron Beacon-Journal, this is the third time Hillis has changed agents in the last two years.
Hillis, 26, rushed for 587 yards in 10 games in 2011.
The way we see it
Hillis' agent change is another plot twist as free agency nears. It's clear the Browns would be open to Hillis' return, as Heckert noted to ESPN, but whether the two sides can come together on a deal remains to be seen. Hillis played well at season's end after missing five games because of injury and another because of illness earlier in the campaign.