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
  • McGeorge

    There must be a team (like the Giants?) that could use him? He’s not taht old or banged up.

    • Ryan Feder

      You’re right he’s not that old or banged up, but unfortunately he’s hasn’t been productive either. Outside of his big breakout year, Hillis has been quite pedestrian. He reunited with Brian Daboll in KC last year, who was his OC during his Browns breakout, and had an incredibly forgetful year, playing 13 games and having 309 rushing yards and 1 TD – averaging 3.4 ypc. Right now a team like the Giants have far bigger issues than the running back position and when Andre Brown comes back from the short-term IR, will actually have a nice stable of RB’s if the offensive unit as a whole can just stop turning the ball over. While there might be a few teams to take a look at him, I think its far more likely the Hillis has played his last snap in the NFL.