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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: Sep 12, 2011
Posted on: October 13, 2011 3:07 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

You have to feel for the NFL running back. They take a pounding, they have a short career span, they mostly get underpaid for most of their career, and then when they are finally able to negotiate a good deal, the teams argue they are too old for a long term deal, I'm never a fan of anyone holding out....but I'll look the other way when it come to running backs.



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: October 13, 2011 1:17 am
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

dam hillis...your agent totally punked u out and made u look like a complete wuss. get a new agent for god sakes...sheez!



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 11:35 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Hey Cleveland: we'll trade you Hillis for Orton and a player to be named later--after you get him a new deal, too.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:45 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

The guy plays for a team in a hard working middle class city and he sits out because his agent tells him to, just to spite the team over money. A big change from the guy who everybody thought was a perfect fit for the Browns. Nothing worse than a guy who is basically faking his injury and admitting it. I cut that sack of crap as fast as I could or trade him and get way more than that idiot McDaniels got for you. No way I'd have a player like that on any team.



Since: Oct 12, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 10:40 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Fire your agent Peyton...or whoever put it in your head that one good year deserves a multimillion dollar/year contract extension.  Really???



Since: Apr 22, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:46 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

I read that he received his strep throat from Will Brinson.  Very disgusting what is happening hear but some call this love, oh well to each his own!



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

yet another brilliant comment.....Speaking of Vagina's....why don't u change ur tampon "Cleaves"...as in "I didn't make it in the NBA".



Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: October 12, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

Wow....what an intelligent well thought out comment.....Go to bed "WhatuMean" ??


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Since: Oct 10, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:59 pm
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Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: October 12, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Hillis says he could have played against Dolphins

My thing is, where is God Goodell? He jumps on anyone who is not out for "player safety", yet allows the media, and teammates to question an illness? Emperor, we know you wear no clothes. Comments against Hillis should be as ridiculued as someone leaving a game who had a concussion. Was he dying? No. Should he play? (According to some macho posters, yes) but you can't allow the same for strep. Any injury, that threatens the long-term health of the player, should be respected by the league and media. Oh, but it wasn't one of the QBs? Then I guess we can let the media have into him. No one dare question if Payton could play today, why do we allow it for others?


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