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What is happening with Cleveland and Hillis?

Posted on: October 6, 2011 9:11 pm
HillisPosted by Josh Katzowitz

The Peyton Hillis saga in Cleveland is getting rather sticky.

The running back, as you probably remember, missed Week 3 because of strep throat, but reports soon surfaced that speculated that Hillis actually didn’t play as a protest because of a contract dispute.

Although the Browns apparently are working hard to sign Hillis, he’s still playing for $600,000 this year, and obviously, he feels that’s not enough (after what he accomplished last year, he makes a good point). And to make matters a little more sketchy, his agent cautioned him not to perform if he wasn’t 100 percent, fearing it would hurt his career and his potential free agent value.

“I would give him the same advice to him or any of my clients as if he were my son,” Kennard McGuire told the Associated Press (H/T to PFT). “"The game is physical enough, and the way Peyton plays the game, he needs all the elements of his physical game. Him being sick, and the level of his sickness, is the equivalent of being injured.

"Not only could he have hurt himself but he could have hurt his team. Nobody embodies Cleveland like Peyton Hillis. If anyone wants to point a finger, point it at me."

So, when Hillis returned to action in Week 4 in a 31-13 loss to the Titans, he only received 10 carries. Which meant we could ask coach Pat Shurmur if he was mad at Hillis and we could ask Hillis if he felt like the Browns were trying to devalue his worth by keeping his stats artificially low.

Said Hillis: "Take it up with the coach. I'm just running the plays that he tells me to do. I'm just riding the tide and waiting my chances and opportunities and trying to get things done when I can."

Then, on Thursday night, he tweeted this: “if I could have physically played against the Dolphins I would have. I love this city and hope to retire here.”

Said Shurmur: “It's a non-issue."

 Yet, obviously it is an issue and probably will continue to be an issue until Hillis gets a new deal or leaves for somewhere else (this is the final year of his rookie contract). So, what does it all mean? The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Tony Grossi explains:

“I think the coach is somewhat frustrated by all the attention the issue has received. I think Shurmur did believe Hillis was sick. I think Shurmur's play-calling and use of Montario Hardesty is not about "punishing" Hillis or trying to hype up the value of Hardesty. I think Shurmur simply called a bad game when it came to handling his running backs.”

Maybe so, but this issue might not be settled for a while, particularly if, as Grossi says, that Hillis’ next step could be to demand a trade. And it very well could get even uglier, especially if Hillis continues to listen to McGuire’s advice. But considering Hillis is on his third agent in four months (!), there’s a pretty good chance Hillis’ next representative might have a completely different tone anyway.

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Posted on: October 7, 2011 4:22 pm

What is happening with Cleveland and Hillis?

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Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 7, 2011 2:05 pm

What is happening with Cleveland and Hillis?

I think the only issues we have here is the media making this into something that is not. We all know Hillis will get a big contract soon, before the season is over. The team and hillis agent benn negotiating his contract since training camp I bet. The Brown is not stupid as not to sign him up to a bigger deal, that's a no brainer. On Hillis being sick with strep throat, why won't we fans not believing that? If he is fine, other players would have spoken out by now. As for him carrying only 10 times, yes, that was a bummer, I started him on my fantasy team that week, but we were warn that he lost 10 lbs due to his sickness and that he might not be 100% healthy yet. So it wasn't a shocker to me.

Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:45 pm

What is happening with Cleveland and Hillis?

Rookie coach and a couple of bad comments taken out of text here. Hillis had an incredible season last year and will get a new deal done here in Cleveland, he will make more money and continue to punish LB's. I believe with all the signings the Browns have done his deal is being worked on and since he is still on his rookie deal and 3rd agent, he is still new to this process and probably frustrated at the amount of time its taken. Hillis will rebound with force and be a key to the Browns offense for years to come, Holmgren is a smart man and cannot let this kind of back in the AFC North walk.

Since: Aug 10, 2011
Posted on: October 7, 2011 9:52 am

What is happening with Cleveland and Hillis?

Bronco fan here, I agree with my fellow fan.  I'd love to have him back in the mile high city!  Peyton Hillis is a beast, he is a big bruising back.  We have fragile Knowshon Moreno now, and Peyton could have complimented him well or just be the sole back in Denver.  Could you imagine if Josh McDaniels didn't screw it up, we'd have a better RB combo in Moreno/Hillis than Fox had in Carolina in Stewart/Williams.  Damn that Josh McDaniels!  I know how much Fox loves running two RBs, if the Browns don't give him a big contract, maybe we'll bring him back?

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