"Told the Giants inquired about Peyton Hillis before he visited the Bucs. Down in TB, he'll play some FB + RB like Holder Stephen said," he tweeted.
With Henry Hynoski recovering from knee surgery and Vonta Leach looking for more money in free agency, it made sense for the Giants to make an inquiry on the former cover boy of Madden 12, when he was a member of the Cleveland Browns. Garafolo mentioned that Hillis' deal with Tampa was one year for the veteran minimum, which is what the Giants probably would have offered as well, but Hillis probably saw more guaranteed playing time and snaps at running back over being a fullback in New York.
Hillis made a name for himself back in the 2010 season, where he rushed for 1,170 yards and 11 touchdowns for Cleveland, a season that eventually landed him that distinct honor of gracing the cover of the popular video game. It could be said that Hillis fell victim to the "Madden Curse," since he hasn't had the same kind of production after that year.
In 2012, he was with the Kansas City Chiefs, playing in 13 games and rushed for 309 yards and one touchdown in limited duty.
With Hillis now signed, the Giants focus at fullback is still engaging on Leach, but keeping their ears open to the market to see what is available incase Hynoski's knee doesn't get well enough for him to start the season. In the mean time, the Giants will begin training camp with tight end Bear Pascoe as the interim tight end.
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