Buccaneers solidify backfield with Hillis

July, 23, 2013
On the eve of training camp, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have added some veteran insurance behind running back Doug Martin.

The team agreed to contract terms with Peyton Hillis after working him out at One Buccaneer Place.

Hillis has some wear and tear on his body. But, if he’s healthy, he gives the Bucs a solid runner behind Martin. That was an area of concern because it remains to be seen if rookie Mike James will be much of a factor and the only other option was Brian Leonard, who may be best suited as a third-down back.

At one time, Hillis appeared to be emerging as one of the league’s top running backs. In 2010, he rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 61 passes for 477 yards and two touchdowns. But injuries have derailed his career since then.

In 2011, Hillis ran for 587 yards and three touchdowns for the Browns. He went to Kansas City last season and rushed for 309 yards and one touchdown.

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ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter



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