Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign Peyton Hillis

December 23, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Peyton Hillis (40) runs the ball in the second half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 20-13. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Running back Peyton Hillis recently had a workout with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and it didn’t take long for the two sides to agree to terms shortly after the workout. Hillis had a disappointing season with the Kansas City Chiefs a season ago, but the interest is there and he has shown that he still has some talent left to offer.

The New York Giants had also inquired about Hillis’ services.

Hillis previously played for the Denver Broncos, Cleveland Browns and Chiefs before joining the Buccaneers, with the best season of his career coming in 2010 in Cleveland. During that season, Hillis totaled 270 carries for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns to go along with 61 catches for 477 yards and two touchdowns.

His production has dropped considerably since then.

If Hillis wishes to see the field in Tampa Bay, he will need to compete with a number of running backs including Brian Leonard,Mike James and Michael Smith for the team’s back up gig. Hillis could also contribute in the fullback role.

For the Buccaneers, this signing brings them some solid depth to the position behind starter Doug Martin.

Topics: Peyton Hillis, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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