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Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:35 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Peyton Hillis isn't hurt, per se, but the old "Madden Curse" might be beating him down worse than anyone before him. Hillis is having contract issues with the Browns and his desire to play while injured is being heavily scrutinized in the media.

That scrutiny's likely to get worse: against the Dolphins on October 2, Hillis sat out with strep throat, and he said this week that he could have played. Well, to be more accurate, Hillis said that the only reason he sat out was because that's what his agent advised him to do.

"He was just looking out for me," Hillis said of his agent Kennard McGuire, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "That's what he's there for, so I have to give him thanks, too. Because I'm stubborn and hardheaded and I like to go out there and play even though I was probably not up for it."

Naturally, McGuire has Hillis' best interests in mind. But those best interests also include -- if not primarily revolve around -- Hillis getting paid by the Browns and that means that the speculation as to whether or not Hillis sat out because of not getting a deal is only going to get cranked up.

For my money, I don't buy that this is as big a deal as some want to make it. Does Hillis want a new deal and more money? Well, duh. He ran for 1,197 yards in 2010, which was almost three times his previous career total.

Do the Browns want to get Hillis a new deal? I would guess so -- he really does embody what the city's all about, and he's an absolute workhorse. I can't imagine they want to pay him based strictly on 2010, however, but it seems safe to say that they'd like to get him inked to a reasonable extension.

Look, this is the quandary that NFL players find themselves in. Play and get hurt and don't get paid and you're disposable. Immediately. Don't play and don't get hurt and maybe get paid after a public contract dispute and you'll be looked as greedy by fans.

And either way, the media will cover it extensively. It's a lose-lose-lose situation for Hillis and it'll continue to be that way until he stops appearing on the cover of Madden gets healthy and signs a new deal.

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Comments

Since: Feb 27, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:19 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

I agree with everything about the comment below except for the Fantasy.. that is ridiculous.. He does lose a lot of respect.



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:09 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

If you could have played but decided not to because your agent told you not to play, than you must be an s hole. Your team depends on you and you let them down because of your agent? Obviously you don't have a heart and no team spirit. I think I'm going to drop you from my fantasy team as obviously everytime you get injured, you'll be running to your agent and asking him for his advice as either to play or to sit. Geez, grow some balls Hillis.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 3:03 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Hillis is a very good RB and I feel that Hardisty playing TailBack and Hillis playing FullBack could truly play in tandem together in the Browns BackField. 2Good RBs in the BackField togther is hard to pull off this day and time but those 2 could do just that and be a Force. Too bad simple things are not thought of to make a team better. Hillis is more FB than HB.



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Hillis is a beast.  He is underpaid and that is a fact.  
There is no such thing as "underpaid" or "overpaid."  It's just "paid."  The only actual determining factor of one's worth in the workplace is what someone is willing to pay you.  So you are always "worth" exactly what you're paid.  The only semi-exception would be someone turning down more money to stay in their current situation.  And we know how often that happens.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:39 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

I'm a Browns fan.

He had 1 good year, really 10 good weeks.

He was 3rd string and/or a fullback in Denver for a reason.

I wouldn't resign him.

 




Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:36 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Gore and Johnson have never sat out b/c of a sore throat.  Hillis had one great year.  If he would have done it again this year then he gets paid.  Johnson had 3 or 4 stellar years.




Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 2:04 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

You have GOT to be kidding me. He was the MAIN reason why they were even in most of their games to begin with. Not only can he run it with authority, some of the catches he has made have been incredible.



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Why didn't we hear any of these stories when Chris Johnson and Frank Gore where holding out and both of their games suffered. Peyton Hillis should be geting paid more!!! Look in this day and time this kid should be making 4 or 5 million at least. This is truely a sad day in the NFL if they aren't going to pay this kid because he can do more than most RBs in the league. NFL YOU SUCK!!!! Get this kid paid "NOW"!!!!!!!  



Since: Jun 10, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:36 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

This guy fumbles way too much to be a great running back in the NFL.  He cost the Browns several games last year by putting the rock on the grass.  Until he can hold onto the rock, he should be making the league minimum.



Since: Oct 6, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

That's very nice of his agent to tell him that he wasn't healthy enough to play.  I'm sure that if the money was already in the bank that he would have told him the same thing.  Peyton Hillis is still a beast of a runner but he isn't doing much overall for his reputation and I'm certain that his teammates are getting tired of this show too.  But, at least, Monterio Hardesty is getting some opportunity...


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