Rookie fourth-rounder Devontae Booker (knee) could challenge
Now that Hillman is back in the fold, he'll work in a complementary role behind C.J. Anderson, whose four-year, $18-million offer sheet (from Miami) the Broncos elected to match. Also currently on the team's RB depth chart are Juwan Thompson, Kapri Bibbs, and Cyrus Gray. In 16 games with Denver last season, Hillman logged 207 carries for 863 yards and seven touchdowns, while adding 24 catches for 111 yards in that span.
Ronnie Hillman and the Broncos have discussed parameters of a new contract, The Denver Post reports.
Hillman is currently an unrestriced free agent, but with underwhelming interest on the open market, his representatives have engaged with the Broncos on discussions for a contract to remain in Denver. While at this time it's unclear whether the parties will ultimately be able to strike a deal, the Broncos' four-year, $18 million investment in fellow running back C.J. Anderson this offseason may lead them to pursue an alternative cheaper than Hillman through the draft. That being said, Hillman started 12 total games last season and looked comfortable in coach Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme, rushing for a career-high 863 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season.
Coach Gary Kubiak relayed the Broncos would consider bringing Ronnie Hillman back later this offseason, ESPN.com reports.
With Hillman still unsigned this deep into free agency, such an outcome now looks plausible, though in such a scenario, he'd presumably be brought back for a complementary role behind C.J. Anderson, whose four-year, $18-million offer sheet (from Miami) the Broncos elected to match. Also currently in Denver's depth RB mix are Juwan Thompson, Kapri Bibbs and Cyrus Gray.
Ronnie Hillman rushed for 863 yards and seven touchdowns on 207 carries in 2015, adding 111 yards on 24 catches. He fumbled three times during the regular season. In the playoffs, he rushed for 54 yards on 32 carries and added a seven-yard catch.
Hillman entered 2015 with just two career 100-yard games, but managed four such performances as he emerged as the lead in he and C.J. Anderson's duo for much of the season. The speedster, seldom a sure thing in short-yardage situations or pass protection early in his career, improved in both areas on his way to a career year. Hillman's grip on the featured role in Denver's running attack slipped during the playoffs, however, as he saw fewer touches week to week, resulting in just five carries for no yards in Super Bowl 50. Hillman showed promise in Gary Kubiak's zone attack, but may find himself on a new team in 2016 with Anderson tenderable and attentions turned on keeping Von Miller, Malik Jackson, Brock Osweiler and others in orange.
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