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Really, Tony? Pumping Up the Hillis Trade Rumors?

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You knew it was going to come to this...from the media's point of view. Here is an article from Pro Football Talk, which is basing rumors of a future trade request by running back Peyton Hillis off of what Plain Dealer writer Tony Grossi had to say:

Hillis wasn’t happy with his lack of usage after last week’s game. Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer believes the drama may only be starting.

Grossi opened on a video segment that he thinks Hillis will request a trade as the "next step" in the process.  The contract talk is "not going well" according to Grossi, who says the Browns see Montario Hardesty as a runner with a higher ceiling.

Ugh. Granted, there is always a chance that I could be wrong and that all of this "behind the scenes stuff" with Hillis is actually going on, but I stand by what I said a few days ago: this is screaming of an overreaction from the media. I'd be real curious to know exactly what sources Grossi has that would lead him to put a rumor like this out there.