The Peyton Hillis saga in Cleveland is officially over. The enigmatic running back signed a one-year deal worth $3 million with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, reuniting him with former Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll.
Hillis spent two seasons with the Browns, having his best year in 2010, as he rushed for 1,177 yards and was voted onto the cover of Madden NFL 12. Since that time, he has been the subject of seemingly endless controversy, ranging from the typical to the downright bizarre.
With Hillis gone, the Browns now have another major hole in the offense. The current running backs on the roster are Montario Hardesty, Chris Ogbonnaya and Brandon Jackson, which means the Browns desperately need to find some depth. The team has been linked to Houston Texans running back Ben Tate and is in a good position to draft Alabama running back Trent Richardson next month.
Hillis had this to say on Twitter about his departure:
“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.”
For the fans out there looking to let Hillis know how they feel, it should be noted that the Chiefs will be coming to Cleveland in 2012.