Peyton Hillis Adds Depth, Change of Pace to Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Backfield

By Paul Seaver
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA Today Sports

On Tuesday evening, it was reported that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and free agent running back Peyton Hillis had come together to reach a one-year deal that will bring the former Madden cover athlete to Florida.

Hillis, who is known mainly for his monster 2010 campaign with the Cleveland Browns has bounced around and his once promising NFL career has been dwindled down to a one year deal for teams simply looking to add depth to their backfield. Hillis is entering his sixth season in the NFL and the Buccaneers will now be his third team after a two-year stint with the Denver Broncos came to a close with just 397 cumulative yards.

Ironically enough, Hillis’ one monster season nearly totals his other four in the league combined in terms of rushing yards. Hillis scored 11 touchdowns and ran for 1,177 yards for the Browns during that season. Now, a one year deal with the Buccaneers is surely not expected to revitalize Hillis’ career, especially considering Tampa Bay is quite sold on their young star, Doug Martin. However, Hillis will add depth to the backfield and he will offer a powerful, change of pace approach to the Tampa Bay scheme. Nonetheless, this is an ideal fit for both sides and one that might pay off with some goal line or third down dividends during the 2013 season.

Tampa Bay is looking to compete within a loaded NFC South division once again and in a game of inches, Hillis could be the type of player that can impact the Buccaneers and certainly help the team win. He won’t be a superstar, but he can certainly fill a nice role depending on how the team chooses to use him.


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