Peyton Hillis is Visiting the Packers

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Peyton Hillis

Peyton Hillis

At least the Green Bay Packers are presenting the appearance of being active in free agency. Running back Peyton Hillis, who spent last season in Kansas City, is visiting according to Adam Schefter.

Why would the Packers be interested in a guy who carried just 85 times for 309 yards in 2012? Possibly for a couple reasons.

First, if their interest in genuine, Hillis fits the mold. He’s a bruising runner, which is clearly what they’ve decided they need. He’s also only 27, so he could have some productive seasons left. Hillis actually rushed for 1,177 yards and 11 touchdowns with Cleveland in 2010.

Then he was on the cover of Madden. Then he fell off the face of the earth.

The other possibility is the Packers are using Hillis as a fallback (or leverage) with Steven Jackson, the running back they really want. The Packers have — get this — actually been in touch with Jackson’s reps today. There have been reports they’ve even discussed a contract.

Holy shit, huh?

And earlier today, PFT called the Packers the leaders to land Jackson.

We’ll pause while you clean out your drawers…

Okay, we’re back!

The lack of a deal with Jackson says the Packers don’t want to meet his price. So Hillis could be their passive aggressive way of saying take our price or find another team.

The only problem with that is, Jackson won’t have a problem finding another team. Atlanta also likes Jackson quite a bit and they’re probably more willing than the Packers to meet his price.

But Steven, don’t you know what a privilege it is to take considerably less money to play in Green Bay!!??

So keep your fingers crossed, I guess.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

12 Comments on "Peyton Hillis is Visiting the Packers"

  1. TyKoSteamboat

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Teddy T make a move at Chance Warmack if he somehow slips outta the top 15 on draft day….

  2. Vijay


    Our fans deserve better than this. They upped ticket prices again and the fans will blindly pay because the Packers are well, the Packers. NFC Wildcard here we come! Here’s to another year of one and done in the playoffs! Get excited!!!

  3. Richard

    Serious dumpster-diving here by Ted. Why not just call up Beanie Wells and his 4.9 speed for an interview? GB could probably get 30 or so carries out of him before his knee explodes for the 10th time.

  4. Richard

    And of course lets not forget that Hillis almost had to retire last year after he caught a cold. I’m not sure he is suited for a stadium that isn’t climate-controlled.

  5. TyKoSteamboat

    If you think anyone will offer a 2nd round pick for Sam Shields, then you need to get your head checked-out.

  6. TyKoSteamboat

    Our formula is the rite one….

    Don’t shell-out money for busted free agents.

    Build through your draft & evaluation of fresh, young talent. It won us a Superbowl with 17* players on IR.

    Go Pack & Go Teddy T !


  7. FITZCORE1252

    “But Steven, don’t you know what a privilege it is to take considerably less money to play in Green Bay!!??”

    You’re god damn right it is.

    GBP 4 LIFE

  8. Vijay

    One second thought…I could see Hillis and Jackson coming on board and Kuhn sticking around too…here’s why, check our our Super Bowl final roster from 2010 (see link). We carried three, remember THREE Fullback’s that year. If we want power and have pass protectors up front, then it’s obviously we need more blockers in the backfield or lined up outside of the tackles. This would bring more scheme flexibility on our roster…just let this thought soak in for a moment.
    Check the roster- Dyral Briggs??? LMFAO

  9. Lars

    The packers bring in a lot of guys but sign very few. If they are trying to pressure Jackson with a stiff like Hillis it’s laughable.

    C’mon, we all know the drill—TT’s overpays his own favorites like Hawk and Crosby and low-balls everybody else. He disdains free agency.

  10. DevilDon

    Please don’t be morons. If you think one of these free agents is the magic ticket to the SB then you don’t understand the game.
    Brett Fart didn’t bring Minnesota to the promised land. And Steven Jackson doesn’t guarantee a SB for the Packers.

  11. Doug

    What is wrong with Payton Hillis replacing John Kuhn and drafting Montee Ball and keeping DuJuan Harris, James Starks and Alex Green? Hillis is a big man and makes a good blocker, like Kuhn, but as far as a runner/receiver, he is an upgrade over Kuhn. Then we use him for the runs inside the 5 yard line for power with BJ Raji at fullback to block. There is plenty of upside to signing Hillis. Let him compete with Kuhn for a spot and if nothing else the competition makes Kuhn a play harder. He hasn’t had competition for his job for 2 years and last year he was almost a non-factor for us. We need better production from hat position, and Montee Ball gives, backed up by DuJuan Harris gives us what we need at the other position.

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