Buccaneers sign running back Peyton Hillis
Peyton Hillis’ Tuesday tryout with the Buccaneers must have been impressive, as the team quickly announced the signing of the 27-year-old running back to a one-year deal.
Hillis is expected to compete with Brian Leonard, Mike James and Michael Smith for the No. 2 running back slot behind starter Doug Martin.
Hillis signed with the Chiefs before the 2012 season but did little in Kansas City, running for 309 yards and one touchdown. Those numbers fell way short of his signature 2010 season in Cleveland in which he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns and had 61 receptions for 477 yards. He’s produced 3,337 yards from scrimmage and 24 touchdowns in five NFL seasons with the Chiefs, Browns and Broncos. The fullback from Arkansas was a seventh-round pick of the Broncos in 2008 before being traded to Cleveland.