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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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Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:36 am

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

overrated Full back

Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:19 am

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

This story won't go away because reporters like this keep writing articles that come to false conclusions. Here is what Hillis actually said on the situation this week:

Hillis talked about missing a Week 3 game against the Dolphins with strep throat. “It was my decision,” Hillis said. “It was something that hindered me. I lost a lot of weight. I was throwing up. I was very weak.”

When asked if missing the game had anything to do with his contract status, as has been suggested by some people in the media. “I really was sick,” Hillis said. “I had no reason to lie about that. If you wanted to create a stir you would. That’s not the kind of guy I am.”


Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:10 am

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

It has just been reported that this story wont go away.. Every writer with no story is dumping on Hillis with old news.

Since: Jul 19, 2009
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:08 am

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

I hope Cleveland cuts Hillis or his contract situation last the entire season and he becomes a free agent, afterwhich, he signs with the Steelers and gets to romp all over the Browns twice per season.

Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:07 am

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Hillis isnt doing himself any favors by making all these public statements.

This is when a good agent should step in , tell him to shut up , and get a deal done for him.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:05 am

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins


This isn't your typical, I've outplayed my contract deal..

He is in the last year of his near league minimum contract and was nearly 45% of the offense in 2010. He is not being utilized like last season this year, so a tug of war ensued between he and the Browns.

First off, if he is to get payed based on 2010, then the amount should still be a reasonable amount as you eluded to...somewhere in the $3.5-4M a year range with about $12M guarenteed...afterall he didn't run for 1,800 yards and 20 TDs.

However it is reported he is looking for DeAngelo Williams money...$43M, $21M guarenteed...$16M signing bonus...THAT IS WAY OUT OF LINE with his current career production.

Hey, as a Browns fan, I see how important this guy should be to the offense(even if the offensive coaches are not using him), but a sense of realism has to come into play by Hillis and his agent...

He wants $40M? I say give it to him!! With only about $10M guarenteed and the rest earned in incentives! Take a $2M sigining bonus to show he is ready to work for his pay...

Let me make this clear...I love Peyton Hillis...I want him to retire a Brown, but I don't want to have over money not earned to ANY player. None is greater than the team!

Since: Apr 19, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:04 am

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Boy real breaking news guys. This story came out the day after the miami game in cleveland. That was two weeks ago! Way to be on top of things guys!

Since: Jun 28, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:00 am

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Running Backs are the most overpayed football players. Getting a 1000 yards is done by so many backs now it is no big deal. This guy is trying to cash in for one year and i never see him being respected by other players now. Who would want this guy on a team ? Instead of being happy he got a chance to start on a crap team he is being a girl. Browns please pay him nothing and just draft a  second round back . Its about the line if the line is good your running game is good . Qb is the most important position on offense hands down, worry about spending your money on a QB. Face it Mccoy is just getting you by , I like the guy but he will never be a play off running back.  He is at best Alex Smith. ANd he holds the Niners back and yes they are 4-1 but they were a play off team last year. DIffenerce this year he has not started turning the ball over but he will.

Since: Aug 20, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:53 am

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

What is all the fuss regarding this loser?  He has had 1 good year running for only 1100 yds and he wants a new contract. Cut the bum and move on Cleveland. He will never be a superstar there or anywhere else. Running backs are a dime a dozen and picking one up as a free agent will not be a problem.

Since: Jul 28, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:49 am

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

It's disappointing to see Yahoo! and CBSSports now making a false story.  Where exactly does he say he could play? In both articles he said he wanted to play but knew he probably couldn't and got advice from the man whom he typically asks advice from. Isn't that what an agent is? Someone who supposed to look out for your best interest?   

How exactly does, "I like to go out there and play even though I was probably not up for it." mean that he could have played and his agent was the primary reason he didn't?

It's a shame the assumptions that are thrown around this article with no backing.

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