Buccaneers sign Peyton Hillis

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed running back Peyton Hillis.

Hillis, who played for the Chiefs last year, signed shortly after working out for the Bucs.

Tampa Bay will be the fourth stop in the 27-year-old Hillis’s career, having previously played for the Broncos, Browns and Chiefs. Hillis had one outstanding season, in 2010 in Cleveland, when he carried 270 times for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns and added 61 catches for 477 yards and two touchdowns. But in his other four seasons he’s been a mediocre player.

In Tampa Bay, Hillis will have a chance to earn the No. 2 running back job behind starter Doug Martin. Hillis will be competing in camp with veteran Brian Leonard, rookie Mike James and all-name team candidate Michael Smith.

48 responses to “Buccaneers sign Peyton Hillis

  1. They could do worse. I see him being the short yardage/goal line guy. One thing for sure he’s definitely better at short yardage than LeGarrette Blount.

  2. Don’t forget that they also have Jeff Demps, who was acquired from the Pats in the Blount trade.

  3. Why does he have to be Mike Alstott 2.0? Why cant he just be Peyton Hillis? Do you expect your starting defensive tackles to be Warren Sapp 2.0?

  4. You know what, this is a good signing by Tampa. They needed a back-up RB to Doug Martin. I actually thought they were going to sign Ahmad Bradshaw but he went to Indy. With the erratic play of Josh Freeman, Tampa needs all the offensive weapons they can get. Martin, Jackson, Williams, and now Hillis. Smart Move…….

  5. scmems07 says:
    Jul 23, 2013 6:39 PM
    i wonder why warren moon never stood up for hillis when people said he was overrated and a diva.

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    Truth.

  6. scmems07 says:
    Jul 23, 2013 6:39 PM
    i wonder why warren moon never stood up for hillis when people said he was overrated and a diva.
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    1) Moon usually talks QBs
    2) Maybe he thinks those people were right

    But I get your point bigot. Out of all the people in the world, Moon is the one you expect to comment? There are thousands who think he was overrated. Why blame Moon for that.

  7. Special agent Hillis is really doing undercover work right now for the CIA, this is his body double they signed. Ask Kansas City how that worked out for them, they were singing the same tune last year with Charles and Hillis.

  8. He still scares me. I remember him trucking Charles Godfrey and Sherrod Martin; torching the Panthers a couple years ago up in Cleveland.

  9. jetsoptimist says:
    Jul 23, 2013 6:03 PM
    It’s the return of Mike Alstott!

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    Compare him to Mike Alstott !!!???

    You kidding me !!!??? Awful comment.

    Oh…. your a Jets fan, makes sense.

    Because to you Rex Ryan is Vince Lombardi I’m sure

  10. Those of you Bucs fans who are expressing optimism…you sound just like a lot of Chiefs fans when KC signed him. Hate to rain on your parade but Alstott he ain’t and it’s not even close.

    Good luck with this one…

  11. Hillis to Alstott isn’t a bad comparision both are big power backs with a lil bit of deceptive speed both wear number 40 and now they are both linked through the bucs. nothing wrong with that

  12. Trying to decide whether Hillis or Vince Young is the worst Madden cover athlete.

    It’s a tough call, but at least VY at least is over zealous in complimenting his team (dream team) instead of dumping all over them.

  13. I’m thinking special teams player at best or simple training camp fodder at worst.

    I don’t think this signing is anything to get excited about.

  14. jetsoptimist says:
    Jul 23, 2013 6:03 PM
    It’s the return of Mike Alstott!

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    Compare him to Mike Alstott !!!???

    You kidding me !!!??? Awful comment.

    Oh…. your a Jets fan, makes sense.

    Because to you Rex Ryan is Vince Lombardi I’m sure
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    He always reminded me of Alstott, atleast when he was in Cleveland. Lmao with the Rex and Lombardi comment.

  15. From Rotoworld: “The Bucs will look at Peyton Hillis as both a tailback and fullback.
    Hillis was a lead blocker in front of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones at Arkansas. He’s played primarily tailback in the pros. Hillis will likely battle Brian Leonard for one roster spot. Doug Martin still doesn’t have a clear handcuff as Hillis, Leonard, Michael Smith, and Mike James all vie for the role.”

    Hillis does fit the mold of a short-yardage RB. Hillis has averaged only 3.6 yards a rush in the last 2 years. Hillis may make the roster as a FB/short-yardage guy, but will only see limited carries overall. He may vulture a TD or two from Martin but don’t expect a huge impact, either on the field or in fantasy football.

  16. To the guy asking why he has to be Mike Alstott 2.0 — well he’s white, wears the number 40 and plays like Alstott. Of course Alstott had more than one good year and was on course to be a HOF before that piece of trash Gruden ruined his career. As for Hillis the media and fans started calling him Alstott 2.0 while he was in Cleveland — also he was on the cover of Madden, it’s not like he’s a low profile guy. Come in, drag some people around, run over some others and don’t be an egomaniac and this area will love you. However HE should never say he’s Alstott 2.0 — then you’re instantly probably the most hated person on the Bay area — but the fans can hope (or mock) with the nickname.

  17. “Hillis is the NFL’s equivalent of a one hit wonder…”

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    Got that right. Heck, he was damaged goods before that one great season even ENDED.

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