Per multiple reports, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed free agent running back Peyton Hillis, formerly of the Cleveland Browns.
Hillis had a rather rocky season in 2011 after coming off a career year in 2010 when current Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll held the same position in Cleveland.
Hillis is a very tough, straight-ahead runner that can also contribute out of the backfield in the passing game. He will pair with Pro Bowler Jamaal Charles, possibly giving Kansas City one of the strongest running back tandems in the NFL.
This is the first signing the Chiefs have made since the start of free agency. They have also added CB Stanford Routt.
Adam Schefter of ESPN is reporting that the Chiefs signed Hillis for one-year at $3 million. I like that contract. If Hillis acts up, the Chiefs can be easily rid of him. If things work out, they can extend him.
There is no word on if the Chiefs are still interested in RB Mike Tolbert.