I am a little bit surprised that Peyton Hillis’ contract hasn’t been a topic of conversation thus far this pre-season. Even though we constantly hear what a nice, humble and pleasant guy Peyton Hillis is – and I’ve now seen it with my own eyes at camp – I still can’t believe we haven’t talked about his contract status. Peyton Hillis is still on his rookie deal from the 2008 draft when he was selected 227th in the 7th round by Denver. This season he is set to make a paltry (at least by NFL standards) $555,000.
Despite being the John Madden video game cover boy, Hillis truly is just a one-year wonder at this point. Still, that was a pretty substantial year as Hillis was 6th in the NFL in terms of yards from scrimmage. He had some fumbling problems as well, but let’s not pretend like he and his agent couldn’t have postured their way into forcing the Cleveland Browns to give him an extension sooner than the expiration date on his contract. [Read more...]