In 2010, Peyton Hillis had it all. He was a big power back who could catch out of the backfield and rushed for over 1,000 yards. After being injured in 2011, the Cleveland Browns set him free and he ended up signing with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he spent one season and was released once again. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers then gave him a shot as well, and that ended today as he was released, according to Jenna Laine of 1040 AM in Tampa.
You always here about one-hit wonders in the music biz; they have one great song that gives them fame for a few months, but then it all fades away when the song gets old. Well, you could think of running back Hillis as a one-season wonder, as he has really only had one notable season in the NFL.
Hillis started off his career with the Denver Broncos, where he had a combined 397 yards and six touchdowns in two seasons. He then went to Cleveland, where had came out of nowhere and racked up 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns. After that, injuries hit, and Hillis’ numbers declined. Now, he is just bouncing around rosters trying to find a new home, and the chances of him finding one are slimming by the season.
It really is a shame what has happened to Hillis. In 2o10, we all thought we had found the league’s next best running back, only to be disappointed in the following few seasons. Maybe, just maybe, Hillis will find a fit and put up the numbers we saw three years ago, but unfortunately, I just don’t see that happening.