Denver Broncos Re-Sign Ronnie Hillman On A One-Year Deal

Denver's leading rusher in 2015 has returned on a one-year deal.

The Denver Broncos have re-signed their leading rusher from 2015. Ronnie Hillman returns to the Broncos on a one-year deal, according to sources.

Hillman initially tested the free agent market, hoping for more than what John Elway was willing to pay. Alas, the market wasn't as bullish as Hillman had hoped and thus, over the last week, talks with Denver heated back up. 

In 2015, Hillman carried the ball 207 times for 863 yards and seven touchdowns. He also added 111 receiving yards on 24 receptions. The Broncos drafted the 5-foot-9, 195-pound back in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of San Diego State.

His best season came in 2015, not coincidentally in a contract year. He and C.J. Anderson served as a solid one-two punch. Hillman won and maintained the starting job throughout the 16-game regular season, eventually relinquishing the starting duties to Anderson in Super Bowl 50. 

Hillman performed admirably in the regular season, but when the opposing defenses stiffened in the playoffs, he disappeared. He'll always be limited by his size but as we've seen, he can be effective in a rotation. 

With Anderson also returning on a four-year deal, Hillman will likely serve as Denver's No. 2 running back heading into camp. The competition behind Anderson will be fierce in training camp this year. 

Kapri Bibbs is facing a make-or-break year and the Broncos are likely to add more RB talent via the upcoming NFL Draft. 

Chad Jensen is the Publisher of Mile High Huddle. You can find him on Twitter @ChadNJensen.

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