Kansas City Chiefs Sign RB Peyton Hillis: Why This Was a Good Move by KC

Bill RobbinsCorrespondent IMarch 14, 2012

Peyton Hillis
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According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Chiefs agreed to terms with free agent running back Peyton Hillis earlier tonight.

The deal was good for $3 million over one year.

Hillis was let go by Cleveland after rushing for just 587 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games last season for the Browns.

It was a signing that Kansas City had to make, considering that they were already looking to upgrade their backup RB position for next season.

The former University of Arkansas star should be a good fit to fill that role in 2012 and beyond.

At 6'2" and 250 pounds, he would complement the speed of Pro Bowl RB Jamaal Charles very nicely.

When you factor in that he will be reunited of his former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll this season, what could possibly go wrong?

Well, there is still a concern about Hillis' behavior and attitude issues when he was with Cleveland last year.

At this point, it is a risk that the Chiefs are willing to gamble on heading into this coming campaign.

In the end, the reward could be great for KC's offense, as they could end up having the best one-two punch at RB in the entire league with Charles and Hillis in their backfield.

If Hillis can come anywhere close to his '10 form when he rushed for nearly 1,200 yards, the Chiefs might end up getting one of the biggest steals of this year's free-agent class.

Until then, we will just have to wait and see how Hillis will perform in the red in gold in 2012.