Ronnie Hillman, Broncos agree on one-year contract

Ronnie Hillman will remain in Denver.

NFL Media's James Palmer reported Monday that Hillman and the Broncos have agreed on a one-year contract, according to a source aware of the deal. The Broncos later confirmed the deal. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport added the deal is worth $2 million and includes roughly $600,000 in guarantees, according to a source with knowledge of the contract. Hillman re-joins C.J. Anderson as Denver's 1-2 punch at running back.

Hillman led the Broncos in both carries (207) and rushing yards (863) last season, but was outplayed by Anderson down the stretch, leading to a shift in roles. Hillman's season was capped by a 1.7 yards per carry average in three playoff games.

That helps to explain why Hillman was greeted by such a cold market in free agency. It's somewhat surprising the Broncos opted to bring Hillman back now with a potential replacement to be had in next week's draft.

Perhaps Denver will bring in more competition, but for now Hillman has the inside track as Anderson's backup.

Hillman thanked the Broncos for bringing him back on Twitter:

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