With the news that the Cleveland Browns are prepared to let their star running back walk at the end of the season, the latest player to fall victim to the "Madden Curse" ought to have no shortage of suitors.
After all, who doesn't want a young, 250-pound wrecking ball coming off a 1,000 yard, double-digit score season, right?
270 carries (his 2010 total) is a heavy load to bear for runners like Hillis, who are built to run over, rather than around, the roadblocks in their path. Are the niggling injuries this season a precursor to bigger ones down the road?
Can he replicate his 2010 season again in the future? Of course he can. But there are reasons not to pay him, to find out.
His attitude throughout the contract situation has been terrible. His own teammates are on his case; there's a feeling that his selfish behaviour has let the Browns down at a time when they need him most.
Jamison Hensley of ESPN sums up the situation perfectly:
"He went public over his lack of a contract, missed a game because of strep throat over the advice of his agent, failed to show up for a scheduled appearance at Halloween party for children and got married last Tuesday in Arkansas instead of getting treatment at the Browns facility for his injured hamstring."
A long contract for Hillis represents more risk than reward. Steer clear.