Hillis Turns Down $16 Mil?

Hillis Turns Down $16 Mil?

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It was reported by Action 19 news that the Browns offered running back Peyton Hillis a 3 year contract worth $16 million total with $3 million guaranteed. If this is true then I’m not mad that Hillis turned it down. That kind of offer doesn’t give him much security and considering how it may be structured, there’s the chance he would never see all $16 million. Now what makes this situation difficult is Hillis has been unable to perform to show that he deserves more than that, however taking into account his play last season I think $3 million guaranteed is a little on the cheap side. The difficult thing about professional sports is, you can’t see into the future and predict future production. So to a degree you’re paying on past production and hoping that they continue to play at that same level. Looking at the situation with Hillis objectively and looking at all that has gone on, I think somewhere between $5-$8 million guaranteed is fair. He’s a bruising back that has some speed, can catch the ball out the back field and is good in pass protection. And for all the holes on this team, you don’t want to make running back another. Now you may say that you can find running backs a dime a dozen, well why haven’t we found a consistent one and teams are paying $30 million to keep the ones they have? At this point I’m not sure if the team wants to keep Hillis from all that’s gone on from a business stand point and the public relations drama he’s been wrapped in this season, but it may be best that both parties find a way to kiss and make up.

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