All four AFC West teams will have interest in a running back in some form. It is not a strong free agency class. One player who could attract some interest is Peyton Hillis.
Hillis was not effective in Kansas City last season. He had just 309 yards on 85 carries. He did have 101 yards on 15 carries in Week 16. Hillis, just 27, is a 6-foot-2, 250 pounds. He will get another chance elsewhere. He has already played for Denver and Kansas City (he signed with the Chiefs last season on a one-year deal). Let’s see if Hillis could continue his AFC West tour:
Denver: The Broncos could use a short-yardage back like Hillis. He did not play for this current regime, and he would reunite with just a handful of teammates. But the seventh-round pick in 2008 would likely be welcomed back by the fan base.
Kansas City: If the new regime likes Hillis as a complement to Jamaal Charles, I could see some interest. It all depends on Hillis and the new regime being on the same page.
Oakland: This would reunite Hills with Arkansas backfield mate Darren McFadden. It would be interesting. Oakland could use a big back, and Hillis likely won’t be expensive. I could see this being a real fit.
San Diego: New Chargers’ head coach Mike McCoy was Denver’s offensive coordinator in 2009 when Hillis fell out of favor with head coach Josh McDaniels. He went from being a rookie star for Mike Shanahan to being a forgotten man under McDaniels, who traded Hillis to Cleveland the next year. If McCoy felt the same way about Hillis that McDaniels did, then this is not a fit. Otherwise, he could be intrigued by Hillis as a situational player.