About an hour ago, Adam Schefter reported that the Packers have invited free agent Peyton Hillis in for a visit. Kevin Seifert, the author of the ESPN NFC North Blog asked a simple question: Why?
Do the Packers think that Hillis might be an upgrade over John Kuhn or that he can resurrect a career that has gone downhill since he rushed for more than 1,000 yards in Cleveland? Seifert questions whether the Packers are playing a game of chicken with Steven Jackson who is also purported to be on the Packers’ radar, but then concludes that they certainly don’t need to carry out a simpleton maneuver like that.
I agree, but I also think that just the fact that the Packers have supposedly arranged for the visit is a step in a different direction for Ted Thompson … with Chris Canty visiting last week, the Hillis visit would be two more visits than the Packers have had in the past two years.
Hillis spent two uneventful years in Denver and then went to Cleveland in 2010 when he gained 1,177 yards and was selected for the Madden cover … maybe that was his downfall.
In his final year in Cleveland he gained 587 yards in 2011 before going to Kansas City last year and gaining just 309 yards.
In my estimation, he might come with a low price tag, but I would take someone like Steven Jackson in a heartbeat.