The Broncos keep a big piece in their offense by retaining Ronnie Hillman to a one-year deal worth $2 mil with $600k guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport. Hillman’s market was low, but near the end of March, the Packers were snooping around, but it seems like the Broncos did not want to let him go elsewhere, so they gave him a nice one-year deal.
In addition, one reason why Hillman’s market fell maybe was due to the fact he had a bad playoff run. He finished the playoffs with 54 rushing yards on 32 carries that resulted in a disappointing 1.7 yards per carry and zero touchdowns.
However, the San Diego State product finished the 2015 season as the Broncos’ leading rusher with 207 rushing attempts that resulted in 863 rushing yards (4.2 yards per carry) and 7 rushing touchdowns, but he is valuable in the passing game as well, where he caught 24 passes for 111 yards. The 24-year-old played a full season (16 games) and started 11 of them. This was Hillman’s greatest season so far in his young career.
Lastly, C.J. Anderson started the season as the team’s starting running back, but he struggled for a period of time that opened more snaps for Hillman, who helped the Broncos’ offense when they were in a runt. The Dolphins offered Anderson a deal, but the Broncos matched the offer that will keep Anderson in Denver for the next four seasons, which means Anderson will most likely be the starter over Hillman.
Note: This will be a fun backfield to watch for next season.