Morning Addicts. I am at a wedding this weekend so I am going to be in and out but the AA staff will be looking out for you in the case of any updates, like they did last night when the team signed Kevin Boss, a move I like. It gives the Chiefs much better depth at the TE position heading into 2012.
Eric Winston is still in KC and I have a feeling he won’t be leaving. I don’t want the Chiefs to overspend on any one player, but if they are going to break the bank, Winston is the player to do it on. He is a cornerstone player in his prime. The Chiefs need to get him locked up.
Until then, however, here is your Morning Fix!
Now that Peyton Hillis has joined Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster, the possibility exists for a traffic jam at running back for the Chiefs.
Hillis, who signed a one-year, $3 million contract with the Chiefs, isn’t concerned about it.
“We haven’t really discussed it,’’ Hillis said. “It’s really not a big deal. I’m excited about being here. Along with Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster in the backfield, I think it will be a huge backfield and we’ll do really great things.’’
Hillis knows Daboll well. Their one year together in Cleveland saw Hillis churn out the most productive season of his NFL career and his first 1,000-yard rushing campaign. He reached folk hero status not only with Browns fans, but with football fans across the country, winning a nationwide vote to be the cover athlete of Madden Football following the 2010 season.
“He believed in me and believed what I could do,” Hillis remembered of his time spent with Daboll. “What he does works. I’m very excited about the opportunity to be a Chief.”
Hillis is, in part, a replacement for Leron McClain. The fullback signed his own three-year deal with San Diego yesterday. It’s an upgrade because while McClain was a quote machine and terrific cheerleader on the sideline, he carried the ball only 15 times — total — in 10 games and wasn’t clearing much space for Thomas Jones and Jackie Battle (both currently free agents). Hillis played fullback in Denver and has the hands to catch passes out of the backfield. He had 61 catches two seasons ago.
This isn’t a huge investment. The Chiefs are committed to Hillis only for a single year at $3 million. They’re also giving him two shots to show the Denver Broncos exactly why the franchise was wrong to trade him in 2010. Ideally, they get a motivated runner who can punish defenses and free up Charles to run wild in the second half of games. In reality, they’ve got a talented 26-year-old back, who couldn’t find the field last year in Cleveland.