Peyton Hillis, “Madden NFL 12” cover man, has signed a one-year deal to play for the Kansas City Chiefs, who are looking to add firepower to an offense that was next-to-last in scoring last season.
“Appreciate all my fans in Cleveland for the support given to me in my time there,” Hillis tweeted Wednesday night. “Can’t wait to get back on the field and go to work in KC.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Hillis’s deal is worth $3 million. After getting the Madden cover, Hillis generated more drama than yardage, rushing for 587 yards as his time in Cleveland clearly was ending. He switched agents, missed a game because of strep throat and missed a treatment for a hamstring injury. Along the way, he contemplated retirement and joining the CIA.
“Things haven’t worked in my favor this year,” Hillis said in late December. “There’s a few things that happened this year that make me believe in curses. I really didn’t think it would affect me. But I can tell you it’s nagged at me a little bit this year. I can’t argue that.”
Brian Daboll, Hillis’s offensive coordinator in Cleveland, now works in KC, where Hill’s size — 6-2, 250 pounds — should help the Chiefs and complement Jamal Charles, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Sept.18, and Dexter McCluster.
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