It's not surprising that the Browns won't use a franchise tag to keep running back Peyton Hillis from becoming an unrestricted free agent at 4 p.m. March 13, as ESPN's Adam Schefter reported this morning.
But this excerpt from Schefter's report will certainly turn heads:
"Throughout the past season, Hillis has wavered about whether he wants to continue playing football, and even considered joining the CIA, according to team sources.
"It is unclear if he actually pursued a career with the CIA.
"Hillis told Browns coaches as recently as the end of the season that he was contemplating retirement, though it now looks as if he will continue playing, the sources said."
On Wednesday, General Manager Tom Heckert told ESPN's Josina Anderson the Browns will still try to retain Hillis, who parted ways with agent Kennard McGuire with free agency just around the corner.
"If we can work something out with Peyton, we will," Heckert said. "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."