Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Report: Hillis re-signs with Giants
New York Giants' Peyton Hillis (44) rushes as Minnesota Vikings strong safety Andrew Sendejo (34) trails the play during the second half of an NFL football game Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Peter Morgan)
FAYETTEVILLE After bouncing around the NFL for three seasons, former Arkansas running back Peyton Hillis appears to have found a home in New York.
The power back re-signed with the Giants on Tuesday, according to USA Today, just before he was set to become a free agent. The contract is reportedly for two years and worth $1.8 million.
Hillis, 28, played seven games in New York last year after signing to provide depth in the middle of the season. Hillis rushed for 247 yards and two touchdowns last season in addition to 13 receptions for 96 yards. He had spent time with the Buccaneers during the preseason but didn't play in a regular season game in Tampa Bay before being cut last September.
The Conway native began his career with the Broncos, who drafted him in the final round of the 2008 draft. Hillis played two seasons in Denver but found his most notoriety during a two-year stint in Cleveland.
In 2010 Hillis rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns with the Browns and was selected to be on the cover of Madden NFL 12 the next summer after winning a nationwide fan vote. He struggled to maintain the same production in his final year in Cleveland, however, and was traded to the Chiefs prior to the 2012 season.
In six NFL seasons Hillis has rushed for 2,470 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has also caught three touchdowns in 65 career games.