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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. plum13sec says: Mar 15, 2012 10:21 PM

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

  2. berniemadoffsides says: Mar 15, 2012 10:22 PM

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

    What a moron…

  3. skinsrock says: Mar 15, 2012 10:22 PM

    Somehow, I don’t think this was the contract he was holding out for in Cleveland.

  4. nyfan63 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:23 PM

    Strange cat

  5. lostsok says: Mar 15, 2012 10:30 PM

    This is what happens when you listen to all those nice things your agent tells you…

  6. ravensoriolesterps says: Mar 15, 2012 10:32 PM

    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.

  7. miller2012 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:32 PM

    Hillis is messed up in the head and needs some drugs

  8. radrntn says: Mar 15, 2012 10:33 PM

    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.

  9. thcnote says: Mar 15, 2012 10:33 PM

    Maybe now he knows he not AP.

  10. cheapseater says: Mar 15, 2012 10:34 PM

    Madden. Curse.

  11. paulieorkid says: Mar 15, 2012 10:34 PM

    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.

  12. tbf22 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:36 PM

    Chiefs > Browns…. I’d say he made a good move. ;)

  13. tweener702 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:38 PM

    Madden’s fault

  14. jonny422 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:39 PM

    If someone wants to give you 15 million for 3 years, you say yes, pen please.

  15. pjhurley5 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:39 PM

    He had one good year and then a bad year…”decline of his career” is a bit dramatic…

  16. upyoursnfu says: Mar 15, 2012 10:39 PM

    He should come cheap considering how soft he is

  17. wvfinfan says: Mar 15, 2012 10:39 PM

    And still they over paid!

  18. lilevil74 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:41 PM

    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.

  19. captaincanuck84 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:42 PM

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

  20. dragonbishara says: Mar 15, 2012 10:43 PM

    when he retires he should become a financial advisor

  21. erikinhell says: Mar 15, 2012 10:46 PM

    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.

  22. mdc21787 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:47 PM

    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.

  23. mrslay1 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:47 PM

    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.

  24. bigvinnyinjax says: Mar 15, 2012 10:48 PM

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

  25. sean6886 says: Mar 15, 2012 10:51 PM

    Nice to see karma work sometimes.

  26. bleed4philly says: Mar 15, 2012 10:54 PM

    This is what happens when you’re on the cover of madden

  27. coreyandthejets says: Mar 15, 2012 10:56 PM

    Haha.. Madden curse…this guy should be getting Chris Johnson money

  28. lovetron says: Mar 15, 2012 10:56 PM

    @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.

  29. ygkr85 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:00 PM

    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.

  30. patsfanva says: Mar 15, 2012 11:06 PM

    Madden curse strikes again. When will these guys learn to pass?

  31. kilo0986 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:07 PM

    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

  32. raiders4life says: Mar 15, 2012 11:10 PM

    Worst Madden Cover athlete ever!!

  33. txbearmeat says: Mar 15, 2012 11:13 PM

    Watch him tear it up this year….
    I predict that the Brownies get the short end of the stick again.

  34. astrosfan75956 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:15 PM

    This guy is a loser.

  35. lombardihero says: Mar 15, 2012 11:18 PM

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

  36. borisbulldog says: Mar 15, 2012 11:19 PM

    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!

  37. dapell says: Mar 15, 2012 11:20 PM

    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.

  38. vincentbojackson says: Mar 15, 2012 11:23 PM

    Chiefs got him cheap.

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

    Good luck with that lemon.

  39. chadinkc30 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:30 PM

    Chiefs and cheap in the same sentence….no never

  40. troy10 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:33 PM

    “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

  41. ratsofftoya says: Mar 15, 2012 11:33 PM

    That man really didn’t want to play for Brad Childress.

  42. thefiesty1 says: Mar 15, 2012 11:46 PM

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

  43. yogikenobi says: Mar 15, 2012 11:50 PM

    I wonder if the CIA leaked these contract details?

  44. mrslay1 says: Mar 16, 2012 12:11 AM

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

  45. hikohadon says: Mar 16, 2012 12:20 AM

    “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.”
    __________________

    I’m sure I’ve read a more ignorant comment than that before, but it’s hard to remember it.

  46. wtfchiefs says: Mar 16, 2012 12:24 AM

    I can’t believe they’re making a player actually EARN his money!! What a crazy idea..

  47. mrclearview says: Mar 16, 2012 12:24 AM

    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

  48. ndnut says: Mar 16, 2012 12:28 AM

    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!

  49. claymatthewsisonsteroids says: Mar 16, 2012 12:30 AM

    Time to find a new agent, again.

  50. couldntthinkofaname says: Mar 16, 2012 12:50 AM

    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”?

  51. mrslay1 says: Mar 16, 2012 12:58 AM

    Really hikohadon…have you been reading long?

  52. mactimo says: Mar 16, 2012 1:56 AM

    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!!!

  53. meytonpanning says: Mar 16, 2012 2:28 AM

    WRONG PEYTON!

  54. pantherdan says: Mar 16, 2012 3:16 AM

    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!

  55. sudz28 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:18 AM

    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!

  56. thegonz13 says: Mar 16, 2012 6:31 AM

    Still more than he would have made with the CIA…

  57. tdk24 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:14 AM

    From the cover of Madden, to the Chiefs, next stop skid row.

  58. emmac13 says: Mar 16, 2012 8:17 AM

    This guy would be my invite at Dinner for Schmucks.

  59. bangitfootball says: Mar 16, 2012 8:51 AM

    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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