Buccaneers Release RB Peyton Hillis


The Buccaneers have decided to release RB Peyton Hillis today.  Hillis, who broke out for the Cleveland Browns in 2010, was brought in to be the primary back-up to Doug Martin in the backfield during the offseason.  Hillis had signed a 1-year Veteran Minimum Salary Benefit contract which paid him $715,000 in P5 (base) salary with no guarantees but would only count $555,000 on the cap.  Remember, a Minimum Salary Benefit contract allows a veteran player, in this case 6-year veteran Peyton Hillis, to only count as much on the cap as a 2-year veteran.  After not seeing the field during the Buc’s first two games, the decision to release Hillis is much easier than it would have been previously without MSB contracts.

Hillis’ release leaves Brian Leonard and Mike James as the backups to Doug Martin and Tight End Danny Noble is being promoted to the active roster to replace Hillis.

Ryan Feder
Tulane University Law School
J.D. Candidate 2015