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Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

Posted on: October 2, 2011 11:43 am
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

This should go over well, either with Browns running back Peyton Hillis or his teammates, but ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that there are whispers in the Cleveland locker room that Hillis' decision to miss last week's game against the Dolphins might have had more to do with the new contract he's looking for than the strep throat that was the official reason he didn't play.

Hillis currently makes $600,000, and given that he's one of the Browns' few offensive weapons and one of the most dynamic running backs in the league, he's certainly deserving of a raise. But it's not just people in the locker room raising eyebrows, former players were critical of Hillis earlier in the week.

The man whose face dons the cover of Madden 12 spoke to the criticism Thursday. “The people that really care about me, and want the best for me would understand,” Hillis said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. “And the people that don’t, then they don’t. But I can’t control that. And I’m going to do what’s best for me at that point. If it’s going to jeopardize my health in that situation, I’m going to take my own career and my own life in my own hands and do the best I can.”

Two days before the regular-season opener, team president Mike Holmgren confirmed to the Associated Press that the Browns were "trying like crazy" to sign Hillis.  "We're always trying to keep all of our good young players," Holmgren said through a team spokesman.

And Hillis, at the time, sounded like a player focused on the upcoming season. "When the Browns want to extend me, they'll extend me," he said. "I'm going to do my part and play hard and do what I can do to make myself a better player."

Now, almost a month later, some former players -- and allegedly some teammates -- wonder if Hillis' motives extend beyond his health. Given the way the man plays the game, we find that hard to believe.

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Since: Jun 26, 2007
Posted on: October 3, 2011 7:08 am

Browns' front office leaked to media

I think this is a pathetic attempt by the Cleveland Browns' Front Office to damage Hillis' reputation so no other team will want him, and so Browns' won't have to pay him as much.  They intentionally and wrongfully leaked this info to the media to further their own checkbook and keep premium talent. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 2:30 am

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

if you never had heard of peyton hillis then your really stupid.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 1:11 am

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

I have never heard of Peyton Hollis until he landed on the cover of Madden Football. He's not injured but there is controversy surrounding him....the curse lives on!

Since: Nov 22, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 1:09 am

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

The guy had 1300 Yards rushing on 270 carries, 500 Yards receiving on 60 catches, and 13 Total TD's in 2010.  What is it about that don't you see as Elite in the NFL?   He's the most valuable player on that team.  There might be 5 RB's in the league with numbers that good.  

Have you seen the cover of Maddon 2012?  Just checking.... 


Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 12:27 am

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

Over the last 9 games Hillis is averaging 3.68 YPA.  Why anyone considers him an elite talent is beyond me.

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: October 2, 2011 11:03 pm

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

   Do you watch any of the games? Even follow them? Shurmur won't let him play. He is trying to give Hardesty work, and getting McCoy to be an elite QB. He is a fool of a coach and doesn't know how to use the talent that is actually available to him. Next time, think before you post

Since: Aug 23, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 10:58 pm

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

Hillis is a one year wonder. RB's like Hillis are a dime a dozen. He will be out of the NFL by 2014.

Since: Mar 10, 2009
Posted on: October 2, 2011 10:40 pm

Madden Curse! Mistake at the Lake

This guy is killing me! He gets on the cover or Madden and he thinks he has arrived. Memo to Payton get out there and play your ass off then you will get paid!

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:47 pm

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

It's insane to question the man's motives.  He was ill and had no strength.  If the Browns were trying to send a message to Hillis they ended up sending a message to the fans and team instead.  As Hillis made the most of every snap he played it was the snaps he didnt play that cost the team the ability to be competitive in the game and the front office shown their cards to the fans that people obeying them means more than winning.

The Titans game should've proved to the Browns front office that they can throw the ball 100 times in a game but if the gamechanging cornerstone isn't a focal point in the gameplan they should check their overblown egos at the door because fans wont pay to watch their team get blownout and the tv blackout from lack of ticket sales means Holmgren will be getting canned from his 2nd consecutive front office job prematurely and Tom Heckert will have to crawl back onto Andy Reid's hand so he can be puppeted by a professional.

I would have to question the motives of the former players and alleged teammates on their baseless accusations before i questioned the guy who's out there making a difference.

Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:45 pm

I had strep once...

... and I was feverish and literally slept away 24 hours straight. Crawled into bed around noon on Friday and didn't wake up till 9 p.m. Saturday night. Forced myself outa bed, drove to the hospital, got an IV drip, a shot in the butt and pills for the next week. If it was strep, then I buy it. Let's see what happens the next week....


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