Report: Broncos trying to bring back Ronnie Hillman

Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) hands off the ball to running back Ronnie Hillman (23) against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi
Feb 7, 2016; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning (18) hands off the ball to running back Ronnie Hillman (23) against the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 at Levi /
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According to Mike Klis, the Denver Broncos have exchanged contract proposals with running back Ronnie Hillman, whom they want back.

It’s a bird! No, it’s a plane! No, it’s Ronnie Hillman!

That’s right. The Denver Broncos want Ronnie Hillman back. Who says John Elway jettisons all his former draft picks?

Hillman led the Broncos in rushing last year, in case you forgot. Most people remember Hillman for his early fumbling issues in 2012-2013, and then for his idiotic play against the Patriots in this past year’s AFC Championship game, which my good pal Aric Manthey reminded me of.

Hillman has had his share of mental mistakes, but he’s been to two Super Bowls with the Broncos and won one, even if he had 0 yards on 5 carries on the game’s biggest stage this past go-’round.

Hillman’s production the last two seasons has been impressive, considering the trajectory he appeared to be on. When the Broncos took Hillman in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, he was the youngest player in the NFL. Four years later, there’s still room to grow and there’s still a role in Denver for him, apparently.

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If the Broncos want Hillman back, there’s been absolutely ZERO additional reported interest in his services. He knows the Broncos, the Broncos know him, and he led the team in rushing last year.

Last year was also the first in Hillman’s career in which he played in all 16 regular season games. He has struggled with injury and inconsistency, but like I said, he’s still just 24 years old, and had a ton of learning to do when he got to the NFL. There will still be some rookies coming into the NFL that are as old or older than Hillman this year.

Per Klis in his report, the interest in re-signing Hillman has no bearing on whether or not the Broncos will use one of their 10 draft picks on a running back.