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Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

Posted on: October 2, 2011 11:43 am
 
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Posted by Ryan Wilson

This should go over well, either with Browns running back Peyton Hillis or his teammates, but ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that there are whispers in the Cleveland locker room that Hillis' decision to miss last week's game against the Dolphins might have had more to do with the new contract he's looking for than the strep throat that was the official reason he didn't play.

Hillis currently makes $600,000, and given that he's one of the Browns' few offensive weapons and one of the most dynamic running backs in the league, he's certainly deserving of a raise. But it's not just people in the locker room raising eyebrows, former players were critical of Hillis earlier in the week.

The man whose face dons the cover of Madden 12 spoke to the criticism Thursday. “The people that really care about me, and want the best for me would understand,” Hillis said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Mary Kay Cabot. “And the people that don’t, then they don’t. But I can’t control that. And I’m going to do what’s best for me at that point. If it’s going to jeopardize my health in that situation, I’m going to take my own career and my own life in my own hands and do the best I can.”

Two days before the regular-season opener, team president Mike Holmgren confirmed to the Associated Press that the Browns were "trying like crazy" to sign Hillis.  "We're always trying to keep all of our good young players," Holmgren said through a team spokesman.

And Hillis, at the time, sounded like a player focused on the upcoming season. "When the Browns want to extend me, they'll extend me," he said. "I'm going to do my part and play hard and do what I can do to make myself a better player."

Now, almost a month later, some former players -- and allegedly some teammates -- wonder if Hillis' motives extend beyond his health. Given the way the man plays the game, we find that hard to believe.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 9:21 am
 

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?




Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

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Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

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Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:23 am
 

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

Harry their names were made public.I can't remember one of the culprits but the other was Michael Strahan,who called out former teammates Brandon Jacobs & Justin Tuck



Since: Jun 13, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:10 am
 

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

You can't blame a guy for looking out for himself because after all,survival is the first law of nature.I think I'd have very little problem living on $600,000 a year.I think if someone handed me $600,000,yeah,I know the taxes just kill you,even with the taxes I could still do quite fine.Now I'm sure that before a 'normal' training camp with no lockout,most players are already less than 100% physically what with the two a days & full contact drills.I believe Peyton Hillis was walking a very fine line when stating how he was looking out for himself & saying nothing about looking out for his team.I could be wrong because I don't have access to the Browns locker room but I can't help but believe he isolated some of his teammates with his behavior during the early part of the season. 



Since: Oct 4, 2011
Posted on: October 4, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

who the heck is Peyton Hillis to demand a contract extension. He's a one year wonder at this point and only did well because teams never keyed on him. He's not a top 20 rb in the nfl. If not for his "tone" he wouldn't even be news, much less on the cover of anything.



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 8:42 am
 

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

how judgmental of you & a little early in the scope of things actually.  I'll agree only if he totally craps out this season.



Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: October 3, 2011 8:40 am
 

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

Seems pretty presumptious if ya ask me.  The guy has only had one good season.  Until we see what else he can do for the rest of the year & if he duplicates last years greatness then other teams may be interested in him.  I think he plays hard & is probably the type of quality guy you want on your team.



Since: Mar 19, 2008
Posted on: October 3, 2011 8:37 am
 

Did Hillis' contract affect his decision to play?

Adam Schefter is paid to stir up controversy and I seriously doubt he was in the Browns locker room hearing any "whispers" himself.  If a writer (ANY WRITER ... are you listening Ryan Wilson?) is worth his/her salt, they'll quote their sources or at least identify who they are.  Sorry, but this garbage about "some former players --- and allegedly some teammates" is just another attempt to "stir the pot" and bring attention to the reporters, rather than writing something less controversial, but proof positive.  Reporters like this ought to be members of the "Worthless Reporters Club." 



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