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Chiefs announce the addition of Peyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis, Bernard Pollard AP

The Kansas City Chiefs announced Wednesday that they have signed running back Peyton Hillis, formerly of the Browns.

Hillis has a coaching staff connection in K.C. New Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll ran the offense in Cleveland during Hillis’ breakout 2010 season. Hillis’ 2011 campaign was marred by injuries and a distracting contract situation, but he’s only 26 years old and one of the top power runners in football when healthy.

With Jamaal Charles returning from a torn ACL, the Chiefs will be able to field a Thunder and Lightning-style backfield duo. Expect the team to revert to a run-heavy offense in 2012.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hillis’ deal is worth $3 million for one year.

Hillis was the No. 39 overall player on the PFT Hot 100.

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  1. boisedawg says: Mar 14, 2012 7:15 PM

    Damn it!

  2. isetheskyonfire says: Mar 14, 2012 7:15 PM

    not a bad pickup especially if he can revert back to the one good season he had

  3. touchdownbroncos says: Mar 14, 2012 7:15 PM

    crap

  4. clwb419 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:15 PM

    Maybe playing second fiddle again will restart that fire inside him to play ball.

    Good luck and thanks for the years in Brown and Orange.

  5. talkintrashallday says: Mar 14, 2012 7:15 PM

    make sure he brings his syringes this time…

  6. kcfanatic says: Mar 14, 2012 7:16 PM

    Great. Now we just need to sign the guy listed 38 spots ahead of him.

  7. chowface86 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:17 PM

    He will shatter records here.

  8. mistrezzrachael says: Mar 14, 2012 7:17 PM

    Don’t care if Peyton M goes to Denver or not.

    The chiefs are going to win ….though win a horrible division.

    Good signing

  9. noisrev says: Mar 14, 2012 7:17 PM

    And the Browns are one step closer to a higher draft pick in ’13.

  10. grandpoopah says: Mar 14, 2012 7:18 PM

    Wrong Peyton.

  11. upyoursnfu says: Mar 14, 2012 7:18 PM

    Hope he doesn’t catch a cold…he might miss a few games

  12. onlyincleveland0316 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:19 PM

    My LAST browns jersey purchase. Ever.

  13. seahawks4alltime says: Mar 14, 2012 7:19 PM

    Look for Charles to get all the workload and Hillis to focus on growing a beard and wearing sweatpants.

    -sincerely,
    everyone who owned Hillis in fantasy football last year. We are all idiots.

  14. howmanyringsyourteamgot says: Mar 14, 2012 7:20 PM

    Wait his breakout season was marred by injuries and a distracting contract situation?

  15. schlonkie2 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:20 PM

    This could be huge, if Hillis can return to form, a Charles and Hillis 1-2 punch could be one of the best if not the best run combo in the NFL. Sprinkle in a lil McCluster? Wooooo boy.

    Now just a pinch of Cassel? Eww, gross get that s**t out of here.

  16. td40 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:21 PM

    Another Browns jersey that I’ll feel stupid wearing now.

  17. pilot2011 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:21 PM

    the Williams/Stewart of the AFC

  18. phonymcringring says: Mar 14, 2012 7:22 PM

    Just like Lebron, Cleveland gets what it deserves.

    You perpetrated a fraud against the American people by stuffing the Madden cover ballot box. Now you reap what you sow.

  19. schlonkie2 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:22 PM

    Do they play NE this year? Josh McDaniels better keep his wife at home if they do.

  20. weskcfan says: Mar 14, 2012 7:22 PM

    1 year and 3M…. What’s the point?

  21. sadskinsfan89 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:23 PM

    This is sad coming from a skins fan “”hence my screen name”” but I feel sad for browns fans. I really do they just can’t catch a break

  22. lawrencephillipswasframed says: Mar 14, 2012 7:23 PM

    Excellent Value. The one year deal will motivate Hillis prove himself on the field to EARN that big contract he’s always wanted in 2013.

  23. hosslaxx says: Mar 14, 2012 7:23 PM

    niiiice pick up..chiefs are gunnin for a solid push

  24. hikohadon says: Mar 14, 2012 7:25 PM

    Make sure he takes his meds. But 1 year, $3 mil is a no-risk contract. If he loses his gourd again, KC can just cut him.

  25. teddybayer123 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:27 PM

    howmanyringsyourteamgot says:

    Mar 14, 2012 7:20 PM
    Wait his breakout season was marred by injuries and a distracting contract situation?

    Yeah, but that wasn’t Hillis’ fault. It was because he was on the cover of Madden.

    Hey, Josh! Josh McDaniels! You butthead! Trading Peyton Hillis for Brady Quinn is just dumb. So he shoulda never left Denver to begin with.

  26. bigzant82 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:27 PM

    well another cleveland browns 1 year wonder gone now all them folks who got his jersey burn them now lol

  27. itsmammoth says: Mar 14, 2012 7:27 PM

    Charles and Hillis is a hell of a one-two punch.

  28. sdb0ltz says: Mar 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    Man o man I sure am happy they didnt sign Tolbert! Good pickup for them… I just couldnt bare to see Tolbert rumble all over our defensive line 2 times a year.

  29. lolb23 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:35 PM

    Special Agent Hillis + KC hidden locker room cameras = you can’t make this stuff up.

  30. bangitfootball says: Mar 14, 2012 7:36 PM

    Reportedly turned down at least a 16 million 3 year contract before last season with Browns with 3 mill guaranted.

  31. orakpownd says: Mar 14, 2012 7:40 PM

    3mil……..at least its more than the CIA is paying.

  32. gorilladik81 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:42 PM

    If they can get better on the o-line this will be a good offense.

  33. KIR says: Mar 14, 2012 7:42 PM

    3 mil for a guy who has had one good year out of his entire collegiate and pro career, hmm ok. What happened to Thomas Jones?

  34. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2012 7:44 PM

    WOW

    One year, 3 million dollars?!?!?

    Compare that to all of the deals he turned down from the Browns.

    Is there a bigger case of someone’s blatant stupidity costing them more millions than what this clown lost?

  35. yogikenobi says: Mar 14, 2012 7:45 PM

    As a Steeler fan, I approve of this move. Dude is a beast!

  36. brenenostler says: Mar 14, 2012 7:49 PM

    Trent Richardson, welcome to the Browns.

  37. zn0rseman says: Mar 14, 2012 7:50 PM

    Glad to see Hillis go to a team that, you know, actually will appreciate him.

    Sucks for Browns fans but their organization is like the Bills and the Bengals… everytime they get a stud player, they nickel and dime him until he wants to leave.

  38. cup1981 says: Mar 14, 2012 7:50 PM

    Good luck with this malcontent… Talk about a one-year wonder lol. The Browns learned, now I guess the Chiefs need to as well.

  39. modellforprez says: Mar 14, 2012 7:52 PM

    people. it feels soo good to see the clowns lose anybody really. wahh wahh I can’t wear my over the hillis jersey boo fucn who clown. peep the name tell dan tolar I want my rent my. Brown season tickets as low as 45.00$ lebron come home please come home. brought u monkeys some coke ca nuts. from quinton. little white bitch give me some chun chun

  40. phinfan says: Mar 14, 2012 7:55 PM

    Wow! If, I say IF payton hillis can play like 2010… KC’s run game will be a powerhouse.

  41. nineroutsider says: Mar 14, 2012 7:58 PM

    Good signing, right price. Watch him have a huge year after leaving Cleveland…

  42. granadafan says: Mar 14, 2012 7:59 PM

    Chief fans were overjoyed when the announcement that Peyton signed with the Kansas City. Then the collective “D’ohs” were heard across the nation when they found out it was Hillis not Peyton.

  43. realitypolice says: Mar 14, 2012 8:00 PM

    zn0rseman says:
    Mar 14, 2012 7:50 PM
    Glad to see Hillis go to a team that, you know, actually will appreciate him.

    Sucks for Browns fans but their organization is like the Bills and the Bengals… everytime they get a stud player, they nickel and dime him until he wants to leave.
    ===================

    Um……what?

    You do realize that the Browns made several offers last year that contained much, much, much more money than this, right?

    A one year, $3m deal shows that a team “appreciates” him?

  44. zerodime says: Mar 14, 2012 8:02 PM

    I can’t believe the Browns didn’t come back to Hillis and beat ANY offer someone else made. $3 Million for 1 YEAR are you kidding me! The Browns should have given him 3 years with 16 Million! Without Hillis the Browns would have lost 1/2 of the games over the past 2 years they won!

    If the Browns didn’t want him they should have dropped him before this year. Without Hillis in 2011 the Browns would have 2 wins not 4 and would have been sitting in the 2nd draft spot in the first place to actually get a good QB.

    Browns you are Dropping the ball big time

  45. chadinkc30 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:05 PM

    Another unimpressive move by KC! Just enough of a move that it looks like you are trying, but after year after year of mediocre at best season…remember this team has won 0 playoff games in 19 years! One year at 3 mil tells u its a rental , just like McClain was this year

  46. sullijo1 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:06 PM

    1 year deal for $3M?…..that sounds like a guy trying to rebuild his career/ reputation… and then get a big payday next offseason.

    It’s likely the Chiefs were the only team desperate enough to give him such a short deal.

  47. chuckxx says: Mar 14, 2012 8:06 PM

    Mike Tolbert would have been a much better choice.

  48. elvis7671 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:06 PM

    Hey Browns fans look at the positive no RG3 and no free agents another 5 and 11 season one year closer to the end of the walrus…

  49. jesse1834 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:12 PM

    Overpayment

  50. borakpo98 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:15 PM

    Good pick up. Maybe he needs a change of scenery.

  51. brownsfandrinkingmakersmark says: Mar 14, 2012 8:19 PM

    It’s so painful to be a Browns fan. We averaged 13 points a game last year, done NOTHING in free agency this year, and just lost our best offensive weapon for the cost of what Randy Learner has under his couch cushions.

    If the stories are true that the Browns were hoping Barkley was in the draft, they’re doing their best to position themselves for next year.

    Why do the fans care more about winning than the organization? I hate this!!!!

  52. ihatepittsburgh says: Mar 14, 2012 8:24 PM

    I hope you break your legs

  53. killerskrew says: Mar 14, 2012 8:27 PM

    A Very bad loss for the Browns.
    He didn’t get on the cover of Madden for nothing.
    I envy the power-ball the the Chiefs will be able to run with.
    I’ll feel better if the Browns are able to land Trent Richardson or Ben Tate (via trade).
    Good Luck Peyton, sad to see you leave C-town.

  54. emmac13 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:33 PM

    H & H suck eggs. These two couldn’t get their wives to join them in Cleveland.

  55. blogatron2000 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:36 PM

    Just to recap Chiefs free agency day one…

    The Chiefs lost Carr and Orton to the Cowboys, got punked by Carlson who signed with the Vikes and then signed a rent-a-back who is just looking to build his resume and move on…stellar day, Mr. Pioli.

  56. vincentbojackson says: Mar 14, 2012 8:44 PM

    Thunder and lightning?

    More like “bruised and broken”.

  57. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 14, 2012 8:45 PM

    Good signing. This will probably revive his career.

  58. brownsgirl84 says: Mar 14, 2012 8:47 PM

    What the f are the browns doing? We signed a de that the bengals didn’t even want and not even a sniff of an offensive player. Well be lucky to average 10 points a game next year

  59. gridassassin says: Mar 14, 2012 8:50 PM

    Madden Curse brought down Peyton Hillis, Peyton Manning and hell ….even Walter Payton got hammered posthumously in a book.

    I think it’s time for OJ Simpson to be on the cover.

  60. paulieorkid says: Mar 14, 2012 9:04 PM

    As a football fan who respects the game, I am happy for the Chiefs – and – think they made a very shrewd move here.

    As a Steeler fan, this is tough news. Peyton Hillis would have been a great signing for the ‘Burgh.

    Rashard Mendenhall will be a gimp for the first half of the season – and a half gimp the second half. He’s a RB who shredded his ACL late in the season. Mendy’s 2012 contributions will be very very limited – and Hillis would have been a perfect fit.

    This reminds me of the ’96 rook draft: Purdue beast Mike Alstott – and we pass on Alstott for OL Project That Never Panned Out Jamain Stephens.

    Very tough draft day in my house that day.

    Imagine Alstott and the Bus could have taken turns staying fresh and kicking the crap out of defenses – with a 90’s/00’s version of the Bull Elephant backfield. What could have been.

    And yeah, I like Redman and see upside in Dwyer – but not enough that blew an opp to steal Hillis far under his true value.

    Ever see Hillis’ hands? Not just a bruiser – guy has some sticky mits.

    Congrats to KC for pulling the trigger on this cat. Very smart.

  61. oldcracker says: Mar 14, 2012 9:14 PM

    Peyton, I don’t know what happened in Cleveland but I wish you well. However, Michael Bush is looking better and better.

  62. vols84 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:15 PM

    Gotta love “The Patriot Way”. Keep up the great work Pioli. The David Glass method must be rubbing off on the Chiefs now.

  63. backinblack67 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:20 PM

    He is an average RB that will have his ego outshine his skills in the AFCW. He will be looking for a job in 2 years.

  64. scottdragosnai says: Mar 14, 2012 9:40 PM

    Love this pickup!! Romeo will use both those back the way they should be used.
    Scott Dragos NAI

  65. pacodawg says: Mar 14, 2012 9:57 PM

    HILLIS WILL LIKELY LEAVE THE TEAM WHEN HE GETS DIVORCED DURING THE SEASON.

  66. mrslay1 says: Mar 14, 2012 9:59 PM

    Thank God for Hillis!! The Clowns are always where great become average or damaged. They won’t pay anyone great, as great. Do they really expect them to play “great” for them. Hillis will run all over the NFL this year and next year maybe get paid!

  67. raiderapologist says: Mar 14, 2012 10:04 PM

    I’m surprised they didn’t make a run at Michael Bush. Punishing runner, good pass blocker, deceptively nimble receiver, high football IQ.

  68. tonygrossout says: Mar 14, 2012 10:15 PM

    zn0rseman says:
    Mar 14, 2012 7:50 PM
    Glad to see Hillis go to a team that, you know, actually will appreciate him.

    Sucks for Browns fans but their organization is like the Bills and the Bengals… everytime they get a stud player, they nickel and dime him until he wants to leave.
    ===================

    realitypolice says:
    Mar 14, 2012 8:00 PM

    Um……what?

    You do realize that the Browns made several offers last year that contained much, much, much more money than this, right?

    A one year, $3m deal shows that a team “appreciates” him?

    ===================

    Um……what? You do realize that $3 million for one year is more guaranteed money than the Browns were willing to offer for the first two years.

    Their big offer was 5 years for $25 million, of which $22.5 million came in the last three years.

    You have three guesses as to whether that money would have been paid and the answers to your first two are “Eric Steinbach” and “Tony Pashos.”

    The Browns are under the delusion that they’re not the third-worst franchise in the NFL (only Buffalo and Oakland have missed the playoffs more seasons) and that people should be happy to play for anything they offer. They need to sit down and have a long talk with Mario Manningham.

  69. miller2012 says: Mar 14, 2012 10:41 PM

    New order from factory of sadness H &H have clue what the hell there doing . Well just sign frosty Rucker and win football games

  70. mrslay1 says: Mar 14, 2012 11:16 PM

    No, he will be looking for a job next year. His contract is only for one year. Now I wish they had signed Manning. If the Clowns would have paid him they would have seen that he is a QB’s best friend coming out of the backfield catching passes! I wish the Cowboys could have got him

  71. meytonpanning says: Mar 15, 2012 3:04 AM

    Woah guys, yeah he had a bad season last season, but give the guy a chance. Jamal Charles and Peyton Hillis would be an excellent one-two punch assuming they both stay on the field.

  72. mikemcdorman says: Mar 15, 2012 6:20 AM

    Daboll knows how to use Hillis, unlike Patsy Murmur.

    The most anemic offensive in the league just lost our best offensive player.

    I’ve been an H&H apologist up to now, but I do not understand this at all.

    I understand that you build through the draft, but on a team with as many holes as ours, the draft is NOT ENOUGH.

    Heckert’s anti-free agency policy is being carried to the point of DOGMA. We’ve done NOTHING to improve this team on the offensive side of the ball. And now the offensive just became significantly WEAKER.

    HECKERT – AT WHAT POINT DO YOU ADMIT TO YOURSELF THAT HARDESTY CAN’T PLAY?!!!!!! You just lost the one offensive spark this team has showed in the last 32 games.

    You don’t let a player like this walk when you’ve got this many holes to fill.

    NOW WE HAVE TO BURN A DRAFT PICK ON A ROOKIE RUNNING BACK!!!

    But hey, at least we signed Frostee Rucker?

    WTF?!!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    w.t.f.

  73. ohiobornandraised says: Mar 15, 2012 7:10 AM

    Sure he was great when healthy and had his head on. However, the Browns only won 5 games during his breakout year.

    His injuries and antics last year probably cost the Browns a few wins.

    He is not worth 3 million for one year so good luck to him and good riddance. GO BROWNS!

  74. bigswifty74 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:19 AM

    mikemcdorman says: Mar 15, 2012 6:20 AM

    Heckert’s anti-free agency policy is being carried to the point of DOGMA. We’ve done NOTHING to improve this team on the offensive side of the ball. And now the offensive just became significantly WEAKER.

    —————————————————

    Who says that the Browns are done building the DEFENSIVE side of the ball? I would not be surprised if they take Claiborne at #4. Do you have inside info on the Browns plans? Maybe after the defense is done, THEN they’ll start looking to rebuild the offense. I don’t see the Browns doing all that great again this year, but that could set us up to grab Matt Barkley and a kick-ass WR next year.
    But, since you seem to know more than Holmgren and Heckert, why aren’t YOU in the front office?

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