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Peyton Hillis Saga Continues for Browns: A Fan’s Take
Not a day goes by where Peyton Hillis(notes) of the Cleveland Browns is not in the news despite not appearing on the field for weeks. Be it his contract dispute with the Browns, questions when he will begin practicing after suffering a hamstring injury, or the latest missed community event due to a "miscommunication", there is always something to keep people talking.
Whether this is helping or hurting his public image is yet to be determined. One thing is for certain; the Browns need him back on the field but who knows when that will happen?
New contract offer:
It has been reported that Hillis has been offered a three-year contract extension worth $16.5 million, with $3 million guaranteed. Hillis would receive a $3 million signing bonus, $4 million in year one, $4.5 million in year two, and $5 million in year three. Hillis is looking for $10 guaranteed. He is making $600,000 in the final year of his rookie contract this season.
Hillis has appeared in just four games this season carrying the ball 60 times for a total of 211 yards. He has scored two touchdowns while fumbling the ball once. Unfortunately, he has missed a number of games this season due to strep throat and a hamstring injury. Perhaps this recent string of health concerns is the best thing that could have happened to him as the basis for his contract negotiations have been based solely on his performance in 2010. He got off to a slow start in 2011 before he began missing games.
Still missing practice:
With Hillis still nursing a hamstring injury, his expected return date to the field is still unknown. He attempted to practice a few days before the game against the San Francisco 49ers but quickly realized he was not quite fully recovered.
As of November 2, Hillis has yet to return to practice casting serious doubt that he will be available for their next game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, November 6. Coach Pat Shurmur expected Hillis to begin practicing as soon as today but spent his time with fellow injured teammate Mohamed Massaquoi(notes) and the team's trainer.
Missing kids' event:
The latest drama in the Hillis saga centers on his no-show at a recent charity event for the Cleveland Boys and Girls Club on Monday, October 31. Hillis' brother and business agent confirmed his appearance, but Hillis claimed it was a miscommunication. He later apologized.
This latest event is doing very little to help his cause in remaining a fan favorite. By no means is this football related but for a guy seeking $10 million, is not practicing, has not been contributing, and is now missing commitments with the community, it is becoming more difficult to rush to his defense.
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