The Kansas City Chiefs have finally joined the free agency party by coming to terms with RB Peyton Hillis on a one-year contract.
Hillis started his career with the Denver Broncos as a seventh round pick in 2008. He played two seasons in a reserve role with the Broncos before heading to the Cleveland Browns. While in Cleveland Hillis turned in two very different seasons.
He shocked the football world with a breakout year in 2010, rushing for 1,177 yards on 270 carries with 11 touchdowns. Hillis also hauled in 61 passes for 477 yards. Things were a bit different last year for the running back starting with being voted as the cover boy for the Madden video game.
Due to injuries, Hillis was only able to play in 10 games, carrying the ball 161 times for 587 yards and three touchdowns. All the while he was unable to come to terms on a long-term deal with the Browns and was ripped by his teammates for sitting out games due to questionable injuries.
For the Chiefs, they reunite Hillis with new Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, who held the same job with the Browns. At just one-year and three million dollars, Hillis also gives the Chiefs a “big” option behind Jamaal Charles without having to spend a lot of money, which is always key for owner Clark Hunt.
Even if Hillis can only play at a level somewhere between his 2010 and 2011 seasons, the Chiefs will have landed a great value.