Hillis ready to join RB party with Chiefs

Peyton Hillis has been part of a crowded, talented backfield before. This season will be nothing new.

At Arkansas, Hillis was the third back behind Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. While McFadden and Jones went in the first round of the 2008 NFL draft, Hillis went to Denver in the seventh round.

Four years later, Hillis is joining a talented backfield again, and he has no qualms about working with Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster in Kansas City.

In a conference call with reporters Thursday morning, Hillis said he has not been told of his exact role or the carry breakdown for each Kansas City running back in 2012. Hillis said the carry distribution will not be a “big deal” and he thinks a group of Charles, McCluster and himself will be a “huge backfield that can do great things.” Kansas City also is visiting San Diego’s Mike Tolbert on Thursday.

Hillis said reuniting with 2010 Cleveland offensive coordinator Brian Daboll (he has the same role in Kansas City) was a major factor in his deciding to sign with the Chiefs. Hillis said his comfort level with Daboll and his playbook will allow him to immediately feel comfortable in Kansas City.

Hillis signed a one-year contract with the Chiefs for $3 million. Despite the short-term deal, Hillis said he hopes to have a long, productive career in Kansas City.

“I have never been more excited to play football,” he said.