CLEVELAND, Ohio --
Peyton Hillis made one visit in free agency. One visit was all it took to get the Madden 12 coverboy out of the confines of the Browns organization and onto a team that plays in the AFC West.
According to reports, the bruising back has agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs on a one-year contract. He will get $3,000,000 and will play in an offense run by former Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. That's the same Brian Daboll who ran the Browns attack in 2010, when Hillis burst onto the scene and ran for 1,177 yards and nine touchdowns.
The now former Browns running back took to his Twitter account Wednesday evening to confirm the news:
Appreciate all my fans in Cleveland for the support given to me in my time there. Can't wait to get back on the field and go to work in KC.—
Peyton Hillis (@thepeytonhillis) March 14, 2012
Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs tweeted the following about his teammate after the announcement:
Hillis will definitely be missed all we can do now is trust in Holmgren & Heckert that they will build a team that will be successful!!—
Josh Cribbs (@JoshCribbs16) March 14, 2012
Hillis had all kinds of issues in 2011, first getting strep throat the third week of the season and missing a win over the Dolphins that drew lots of attention as it was revealed later he sat out the game on the advice of his agent.
From strep throat to a hamstring issue, Hillis missed lots of time. He only ran for 587 yards, missing six games as controversy swirled and teammates questioned his commitment.
At any rate, he adds a big back to the Chiefs' offense, and will get chances to make plays for a team that is on the way up.