Tag:Peyton Hillis Contract
Posted on: November 2, 2011 4:15 pm

Hillis: 'No excuse' for missing charity event

Posted by Will Brinson

CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman wrote in his 10-Point Stance Wednesday that Browns running Peyton Hillis missed a Boys and Girls Club event in Cleveland, and pointed out that "there are privately some hesitations" with the Browns about Hillis.

Freeman also wrote that Hillis' absence at the charity event might be "some sort of misunderstanding more than a blow off." According to Hillis on Wednesday, that's exactly the case.

Via our Browns Rapid Reporter Marty Gitlin, Hillis apologized for missing the event and called it a "miscommunication" with his management team, not him simply skipping the event.

"If I had known the full depths of it I would not have missed it," Hillis said. "Still, I'm truly sorry and there's no excuse."

The worst part of Hillis absence is the timing of the whole thing. Hillis was considered after last season's breakout the ultimate Cleveland star athlete, mixing a blue-collar attitude and work ethic en route to re-establishing a dominant, power rushing attack for the Browns.

But he's struggled mightily this season, topping out at 97 yards on the ground in Week 2, and averaging just 3.5 yards per carry in four games.

Rumors have run rampant about Hillis' unhappiness with his contract status, and there've been questions as to whether or not Hillis could have played when he was sick/hurt.

At this point, the only thing Hillis can really do in order to make it up to the city of Cleveland is get on the field and start producing again, although a charitable donation to the Boys and Girls Club probably wouldn't hurt either.

On the bright side, at least he's living up to the annual Madden Curse expectations.

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Posted on: August 31, 2011 10:12 am

Browns talking extension with Peyton Hillis?

Posted by Will Brinson

If one thing's become abundantly clear since the Browns fleeced the Broncos for Peyton Hillis (they gave Brady Quinn in return and got some draft picks as well!), it's that Hillis goes with Cleveland like potatoes and perogies.

So it kind of makes sense -- knowing that general manager Tom Heckert wants to lock in "players we like and want to be here" and knowning that they've shored up the left side of the offensive line for the future -- to hear that the Browns and Hillis are talking about a contract extension.

That's according to Tony Grossi of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, who reports that the "wheels have begun turning" in order to get Hillis more money than the four-year minimum of $455,000 he'll make in 2011.

Hillis has seen his Q-rating skyrocket over the last year, thanks to his explosive 2010 season when he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns. That performance led to widespread love from fantasy football players and, eventually, a spot on the Madden 2012 cover.

The latter came about because of a grassroots campaign that was, as Hillis told me during the unveiling, absolutely overwhelming in terms of public support.

And now his success appears to be paying dividends, though the Browns and Hillis certainly aren't making a big, public fuss about getting the running back more money.

Which seems appropriate on all fronts.

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