Chiefs get Peyton Hillis on the cheap

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As usual, the initial reports regarding the value of the contract signed by running back Peyton Hillis in Kansas City was overstated.  But given that the reports suggested a one-year, $3 million deal, it couldn’t have been overstated by much.

Per a source with knowledge of the contracts, Hillis receives a fully-guaranteed base salary of $1.4 million, along with a $1 million fully-guaranteed roster bonus that comes due over the weekend.

The only fluff comes from $400,000 in per-game roster bonuses.  If he has, say, strep throat and can’t play in a given game, he won’t earn $25,000.

And so it’s a base deal of $2.6 million, and it’s fully guaranteed.  Which makes Hillis more likely to make it onto the final 53-man roster.

It’s still a lot less than Hillis had hoped to be getting, and here’s a little more on the decline of his career, from Thursday’s PFT Live.

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59 responses to “Chiefs get Peyton Hillis on the cheap

  1. Looks like he made some really smart decisions by turning down the Browns’ offer last fall.

    What a moron…

  2. Glad to see him out of the AFC North. The man is a beast. Chiefs get him cheap for a year and Hillis gets a chance to reinvent himself. Hopefully he isn’t a head case for KC. Chiefs could be a force next year.

  3. i think this guy took one too many blows to the head…bottom line I will keep to white qb’s and black rb’s.

  4. Hillis would have been a good signing for the Steelers:
    (1) Need (Mendy rendered useless in ’12)
    (2) Value (buying low; market at nadir)
    (3) performance in rushing/blocking/receiving.

    KC did themselves a big favor – credit to them.

  5. Is it the deal he wanted? No. But if both teams offered 2.6 mil, I would accept the Chiefs offer. 2.6 mil to carry the workload (if healthy) in Cleveland or 2.6 mil to spell Jamaal Charles? Pretty simple if you ask me. If the Madden curse is lifted and Hillis even has a decent year as a backup, maybe it will be time for Holmgren to look at the man in the mirror when trying to place the blame.

  6. And the dreaded Madden curse continued. First time it wasn’t strictly an injury curse but it f*cked him over!! lol

  7. He could have made more in the CIA. He was a hero in Cleveland before he decided to act like a Nancy over his contract.

  8. i think he’s prolly smarter than most of us give him credit for (remember he DID go to and graduate college). he was traded from denver, honestly just like joakim noah said, cleveland sucks…are you going to take your family on vacation and go “hey lets go to cleveland”? no. lol. i wont sling mud and say theyre dysfunctional, but often time teams take on the attitude of the city and cleveland is a depressing, racist, boring city just like most of ohio. KC is a more stable and healthy environment, that place is like green bay, the townies come out in masses to support their team. romeo crennel has the players admiration and respect and overall the team is in a better situation to make a run at the playoffs. not surprised he left the browns for KC.

  9. Hillis wouldn’t have play for the Clowns if it was 5 million. They treated him like crap and he returned the favor. Next year he will play hard and be used with all his tools. And then wait and see what he gets.

  10. “On the cheap?” What the hell is that? Had PFT got a 12 year old intern on staff….I mean in da house???

  11. @berniemadoffsides

    Technically, this contract pays him more than Cleveland would have. That offer was over 4-5 years, all back-loaded, little guaranteed. He was only making a little over $1M per year the first couple years, and we both know he’d have never seen the 4th and 5th years.

    By comparison, $2.6M guaranteed for one year of duty isn’t a bad shake.

  12. plum13sec – who did you have slotted going to the Giants…?

    Oh wait, nobody gives a crap. Do you have a big board in your living room? Creepy.

  13. I hope he figures himself out and has a really good year. Off fielf actions aside i really like the way he plays the game and i hope to see him recapture what he did the other year

  14. He should take the money and run. Join the CIA he would be the richest CIA Agent ever….. 🙂

  15. Wow, turned down $16MM/3 yrs from the Browns last year and takes $2.6MM from the Chiefs?

    They grow em real smart in Arkansas!

  16. With how the new CBA is set up, don’t expect any RB to ever make big bucks again. Teams can lock them up for 4 years (5 if they’re first rounders) on the cheap. Then tag them for a year or two. By then 85% of HB’s are already on the downside of their careers.

  17. Chiefs got him cheap.

    Like a used car that’s being sold “as-is”.

    Good luck with that lemon.

  18. “I had Trent Richardson slotted to the chiefs before this move. Who knows now.”

    HA… I love you guys like to talk like you’re front office people or sports beat writers…. Please… post your entire mock draft for us… “slotted”.. HA

  19. Richardson will get drafted by the Browns now and Blackmon will go to a real team. Doomed franchise.

  20. He will tear it up this year. See whos laughing after next years contract. It won’t be the Clowns

  21. “i think he’s prolly smarter than most of us give him credit for (remember he DID go to and graduate college). he was traded from denver, honestly just like joakim noah said, cleveland sucks…are you going to take your family on vacation and go “hey lets go to cleveland”? no. lol. i wont sling mud and say theyre dysfunctional, but often time teams take on the attitude of the city and cleveland is a depressing, racist, boring city just like most of ohio. KC is a more stable and healthy environment, that place is like green bay, the townies come out in masses to support their team. romeo crennel has the players admiration and respect and overall the team is in a better situation to make a run at the playoffs. not surprised he left the browns for KC.”
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    I’m sure I’ve read a more ignorant comment than that before, but it’s hard to remember it.

  22. Hopefully he shows up to play this year and studs out like he did a couple seasons ago. He’s going to be splitting carries, and I honestly think this will help his production. I like the signing personally. Go Chiefs

  23. Upside: would you rather play for Coach Crennel, or the idiot man on the sideline calling plays (not a real coach) who attempted to fine a player for going to his grandma’s funeral and runs an offense dated around the time of his initials, B.C.? Crennel wins that battle 8 days a week!

  24. Is it the deal he wanted? No. But if both teams offered 2.6 mil, I would accept the Chiefs offer. 2.6 mil to carry the workload (if healthy) in Cleveland or 2.6 mil to spell Jamaal Charles? Pretty simple if “you ask me. If the Madden curse is lifted and Hillis even has a decent year as a backup, maybe it will be time for Holmgren to look at the man in the mirror when trying to place the blame.”

    Holmgren will just blame Fisher and Shanahan.

    “i wont sling mud and say theyre dysfunctional, but often time teams take on the attitude of the city and cleveland is a depressing, racist, boring city just like most of ohio.”

    Care to elaborate on HOW it’s racist? Or are you just throwing out a word you really don’t understand? You know, like, say, “imbecile”?

  25. when he didnt play because of “strep throat” the pregame reportee that day said Hillis had left the stadium by 10 am in street clothes. He didnt go to the hospital, he went home! 99.9% of players would have been on the training table getting an IV hoping to b able to play by kickoff or by the 2nd half! Hes a quitter n a baby n a head case, good riddance!!!

  26. Uh, “captaincanuck84” why don’t you go back to Canada, where the ladies wear burlap and where scrub football players go to play on fields that are too wide to begin with! and forget about commenting on the NFL.

    Hell, I do not clog your blogs with my rants about the dreaded CFL!

  27. I think he’s bit of a nut case myself, but here’s to hoping he has several great years ahead of him in KC. I’d have been more than happy for the Steelers to have given him a look, but what can you do. The only thing that concerns me is that he’ll be playing for Romeo Crennel, who has got to be one of the most incompetent head coaches I’ve ever seen in the NFL. I’ve seen him snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with inexplicable decision making in Cleveland more times then I care to recount. I almost can’t wait to start watching him bone it up again in KC!

  28. Hillis is perfect for KC as long as hes a backup , just in case he catches the sniffles or something right before game time and cant play.

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