NFL Speculation: The Top 4 Teams in Contention for Peyton Hillis
Mike Holmgren and Peyton Hillis are having issues with a new contract because of the difficulty in determining what a good running back is worth.
Two-back systems are the thing in the NFL today and many teams could use a bruiser beside their current fast, quick runners.
Not only should elite teams be in on the Hillis bidding in the upcoming offseason but rebuilding projects as well.
These four teams need to give Hillis a legitimate look when the 2011 NFL Season is over.
4. Arizona Cardinals
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Kevin Kolb hasn't been as good as expected through six games and a strong runner could aid him through his growth process as a starting quarterback.
Beanie Wells could coexist with Peyton Hillis because power running backs have shown the capability of working well together, the Falcons with Michael Turner and Jason Snelling as an example. Injuries wouldn't be as prevalent for Wells with another guy sharing the load.
The Cardinals gave up on Tim Hightower in the offseason, so bringing in another power runner isn't out of the question. Such a signing may signal the end for Beanie Wells in Arizona.
3. Kansas City Chiefs
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Kansas City's organization has experienced success with running backs, dating all the way back to Priest Holmes in the early 2000s.
Thomas Jones is on his last legs while Jamaal Charles is out for the year. When the speedy runner comes back, the coaching staff will still want to keep his carries down to maximize performance. What better running back to bring in to compliment Charles' style than Peyton Hillis?
Selecting Jonathan Baldwin in the first round hasn't paid off yet, and it could give coach Todd Haley a sign that the running game is the most important offensive tool the Chiefs can use for their current roster. The only thing that will hold up a deal is management's value on spending money on running backs.
2. Dallas Cowboys
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Tony Romo is always the story after a Dallas win or loss, but a better ground game could attract the attention away from the quarterback.
Felix Jones hasn't proven to be durable enough to be a lead back and he's shown that he's best when he uses less of his bullets, so to speak. A dual threat combination of Jones and Peyton Hillis would be a nice blend, just like the two were at Arkansas.
If a deal were to take place between Dallas and Hillis, Tashard Choice may be shipped out of town because three running backs is more than enough..
The Cowboys' young offensive line is best when moving forward, blocking for the rushing attack. The simple approach would help not only Romo but first-year coach Jason Garrett.
1. Detroit Lions
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The Lions were expected to be good in 2011, but not many believed that Jim Schwartz's team would be 5-1 leading to their Week 7 game against the Falcons.
The loss came last week to the San Francisco 49ers, a defensive unit that shuts down the run. Jahvid Best is best when used sparingly to keep the spring in his step as he hasn't proven to be a number one back without being in a time share situation. Best's concussion situation leaves the team unsure about when and how effective he'll play when coming back.
Peyton Hillis would give Detroit the power back they have wanted since drafting Mikel LeShoure. The front office has used their draft picks wisely the past three seasons but the organization should use some money in free agency this time around.
LeShoure being on the roster will hurt a potential deal from occurring, but the NFL is all about parity. The Lions may not be in this same situation again and the team needs to do many things to assure winning now.
The deal won't go down unless LeShoure doesn't show the explosiveness Detroit drafted him with in the offseason.