At Least One Peyton Will Sign With Chiefs

He’s not the Peyton the Chiefs were really interested in, but Peyton Manning won’t return their calls.

However, RB Peyton Hillis did and the former Broncos, Browns runner is now part of the Chiefs. ESPN reports it as a one-year deal for $3 million.

In other Wednesday night free agent news, FB Le’Ron McClain signed a 3-year deal with San Diego . . . Thursday will be busy at the Chiefs offices as they welcome visitors like former Chargers RB Mike Tolbert, former Raiders TE Kevin Ross and former Texans RT Eric Winston.

But on the roster as the first UFA signed this year is the 26-year old Hillis, who will be entering his fifth NFL season.

The 6-1, 240-pound native of Arkansas was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Denver. He was traded two years later to Cleveland in a deal that sent QB Brady Quinn to the Broncos.

It was the 2010 season where Hillis had his breakthrough season, running for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns, on 270 carries. He also caught 61 passes for 477 yards. Last season, he struggled through a series of injuries from strep throat, to a pulled left hamstring, a strained left hip and an elbow problem. Hillis finished with 587 yards on 161 carries.

Over 52 games for the Broncos and Browns, he ran 450 times for 2,161 yards and 20 TDs. He caught 111 passes for 805 yards and 3 TDs. He’s lost seven fumbles during his career.

He’s a big, bruising runner that provides a direct contrast to Jamaal Charles. Hillis also played in the 2010 season in Cleveland where new Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll had the same position with the Browns.

6 Responses to “At Least One Peyton Will Sign With Chiefs”

  • March 14, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    He’s the right type of running back to balance out Charles but I don’t think Cleveland fans are that upset to see him go. He missed six games last year with injuries and ESPN said he was the worst performing Brown. Maybe a one year contract will motivate him. I’m sure he was cheaper than Tolbert would of been. Crap, here we go again.

  • March 14, 2012  - TimR says:

    I’m ok w/ it, but not that excited. Interesting the club talked about their own FAs being a priority. Haven’t been real successful at keeping them… The running styles are so different it could be difficult for the Oline to adjust during a game. I’m open minded right now on Daboll just not a believer. Looks like a ho-hum O is shaping up. We’re definitely going to need more power up front…still in need of possibly 3 new starters.

  • March 14, 2012  - Johnfromwichita says:

    WOW. Yahoo has a story about him that should not be missed. He was last years Madden cover boy. He missed one game last year because of strep throat. He wants to be a CIA agent. Crap, here we go again.

  • March 15, 2012  - txchief says:

    Hey, Hillis may snap out of it in KC. Who wouldn’t be demoralized playing in Cleveland? When he’s on his game, he can really pound the ball between the tackles, which is what the Chiefs were sorely lacking on 2011. Although he’s been labeled as having problems between the ear holes, he’s deserving of another chance. And at the price paid, his contract doesn’t preclude the Chiefs from getting another free agent back like Tolbert.

    Boss and Winston would be very nice additions to the team and also immediately improve the Chiefs at positions of need. If they could be signed to “reasonable” contracts, there might still be enough cash available for a Manning or Brees acquisition. Adding depth on the offensive line and at tight end could also allow the club to concentrate on picking the “best available players,” rather than drafting solely to plug gaps in the roster. Some additional draft flexibility might also permit a move up for Dontari Poe.

  • March 15, 2012  - ChuckXX says:

    From the “bottom of my heart” thats where it really counts, we should have signed Mike Tolbert instead. He’s only 27 and has a proven long term track record. Plus he can catch the ball nicely out of the backfield. He would have been a much better choice. That damn thing called “MONEY” always gets in the way of the Hunt/Pioli decision making process. Will this team ever be SuperBowl bound??????

  • March 15, 2012  - Niblick says:

    Chuck-Tolbert is still comming in today even though we signed Hillis. We really need two running backs. Hillis can also play fullback. We’ve lost McClain, Thomas Jones , and Jackie Battle. We may not sign him, but it’s interesting that he is still coming. I too would like to see him signed.

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