Contract negotiations between the Broncos and free agent running back Ronnie Hillman are “heating up,” according to Mike Klis of 9News, and Denver is hopeful that it can re-sign him. Hillman has spent the past four years — the entirety of his NFL career — with the Broncos.
Klis first reported last week that Hillman and Denver had exchanged contract proposals, but no signing has appeared imminent since that time. Hillman, who is still only 24 years old, hasn’t drawn a ton of interest around the league since he entered the free agent market over a month ago. The Packers were reportedly “poking around” on Hillman (and other running backs) near the end of March, and a few unnamed clubs apparently expressed interest at the beginning of April, but for the most part, news surrounding Hillman has been non-existent.
If Hillman does re-sign with the Broncos, he’d once again team up with C.J. Anderson to form a one-two punch in the Denver backfield. Anderson, of course, was retained by the Broncos after signing a four-year, $18MM offer sheet with the Dolphins, which Denver then matched. In 2015, Hillmn rushed for more than 800 yards and scored seven touchdowns, and also added 24 receptions.
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