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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: May 4, 2008
Posted on: October 2, 2011 8:40 pm

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

So does this qualify as faking an injury?

Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:50 pm

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

Wow, so the man has strep throat, and because he misses a game, he is doing it because of problems with his contract? Ever tried playing or doing ANYTHING with strep throat? It's actually a fatal mistake because his throat could close up and he could die. So before anyone tries to corner him, think that he didn't hold out, pushed all contract talks to the side way from the press to avoid controversy. Hell I mean he could have made talks public, or held out like some cry babies, but no he was a man and professional about everything involving his contract. 
Personally, focus should shift on Pat Shurmur and his inability to coach a functioning team. He has a power back in Hillis and a very dynamic one at that, and chooses to put the game on the shoulders of a 2nd year quarterback with no receiving options. HEY PAT! WANT TO WIN A GAME?! USE HILLIS AS YOUR EVERY DOWN BACK AND USE HARDESTY AS A CHNGE OF PACE BACK!!! GIVE HILLIS 20 TOUCHES A GAME AND HARDESTY 10-12!!!! MORON!!!!! YOU HAVE NO RECEIVERS!! STOP TRYING TO MAKE YOUR RECEIVING CORP SEEM HALL OF FAME CALIBER LIKE YOUR FRIEND JERRY ANGELO DOES!!!! STUUUUUPID!!!!!!!! 

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: October 2, 2011 7:44 pm

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

Are you saying black people don't get strep throat?

Since: Sep 28, 2011
Posted on: October 2, 2011 2:21 pm

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

If hillis was black , their would be no complaining about him having strep throat !

Since: Dec 22, 2006
Posted on: October 2, 2011 1:44 pm

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

This story brings up an interesting point. However, I believe the story looks at things from the wrong angle. The Browns traded up into the second round last year to draft Montario Hardesty. Hillis is the starter, no question. But coach Shurmur had been saying he wanted to get Hardesty some more carries. Also, over the last two years Heckert has ALWAYS had a backup plan. Examples of this are drafting guys like T.J. Ward, Phil Taylor, and Owen Marecic to replace Abram Elam, Shaun Rogers, and Lawrence Vickers because they were due a lot of money or were becoming free agents. They'll try to sign Hillis, sure. But I'll bet it was THE BROWNS that sent Hillis home to show him that he doesn't have as much leverage as he thought. Anyone can be traded for the right price and Hillis' stock is high right now.

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