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Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:05 pm
By Will Brinson

You think Peyton Hillis wants to forget all about 2011? Probably so; Hillis went from a surprise running back in 2010 to a potential franchise player before 2011 to an in-season distraction to an absolute afterthought for the Browns at times.

And, as is completely understandable, he's willing to blame these problems on appearing on the cover of Madden 12.

"No doubt about it," Hillis said Thursday when asked if the Madden Curse was real, per the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "Things haven't worked to my favor this year. There's a few things that happened that made me believe in curses. Ain't no doubt about it."

Hillis entered 2011 looking to nail down a new contract with Cleveland, a team and city that his blue-collar attitude seemed to encapsulate. Instead, he struggled from the start with low production and injuries and the Browns never made any overtures.

It appears now, as our Browns Rapid Reporter Marty Gitlin notes, that Hillis is headed to free agency, as the running back hasn't heard anything about possible contract negotiations.

"If there has been, I don't know know of any," Hillis said.

Per Gitlin, Hillis is interested in returning to the Browns in 2012, but depending on how he plays down the stretch that may be a difficult proposition. The Browns obviously won't franchise tag him and if Hillis finishes strong down the stretch, he may want more money than the Browns are willing to pay.

And Hillis knows how important Week 17's game against Pittsburgh is for potential suitors in free agency.

"I want people to see that I'm not a one-hit wonder and that I can always play well," Hillis said when asked about Sunday's game against the Steelers.

If Hillis wants to do that, he should probably also avoid landing on any Madden covers in the future. Although that probably won't be a problem any time soon.

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Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:51 pm

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

lol so who's the next dumb a$$ to get put on the cover?

Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:42 pm

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

Holmgren is an idiot people!  When are you Cleveland fans going to realize that you got an overpaid, overweight, overrated GM?  He has already set the franchise back at least two years by firing Eric Mangini and hiring a nothing coach in Pat Shurmer (who??).  What a great move Mike!  He will probably let Peyton Hillis walk and the guy will end up as a pro bowler somewhere for the next 5 years.  Why have a pro bowler in your backfield when you can have the likes of a Monterio Hardesty every year?  What an inept front office.....

Since: Aug 7, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:23 pm

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

I picked up Hill last year as a Free Agent in a Fantasy FB. I was pleasantly suprised at the year he had. I got him in the draft this year and he was a flop. Oh well win some lose some.

Since: Feb 19, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:20 pm

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

If the Browns don't want Hillis, I sure as hell would love to see him with the Jets. Shonn Greene is worthless.

Since: Apr 19, 2008
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:12 pm

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

Take your chance in free agency... anything has got to be better than playing in cleveland!  Teat head office is cursed!

Since: Jan 29, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:41 pm

Peyton Hillis believes in Madden Curse after 2011

The Madden Curse, weak injuries, and the fact he was asking for too much money in contract negotiations are all reasons Hillis had a down season.  He couldn't stay on the field because of health issues but he has had a few nice games since being back on the field.  I would hope the Browns can work something out so he stays in Cleveland so they don't have another position that has to be filled.  A backfield of RG3 and Hillis would be nice next season but if the Browns decide to not resign him I would think there is a great chance Trent Richardson will be coming to Cleveland in the draft.

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