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The Denver Broncos are reportedly looking to trade running back Ronnie Hillman as teams around the NFL begin to finalize their 53-man rosters for the regular season.
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Hillman On Trade Block Following Preseason
Friday, Sept. 2
Vic Lombardi of AltitudeTV reported Friday the Broncos are currently shopping the fifth-year ball-carrier.
The news doesn’t come as much surprise. Hillman had fallen firmly behind C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker on the Broncos’ backfield depth chart and didn’t seem to make much progress in changing that status despite averaging 6.3 yards per carry in limited duty during the preseason.
Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post passed along comments from the 24-year-old back following the team’s preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night. He received just three carries in the final exhibition.
“Whatever happens, happens,” Hillman said. “I love to play here and if it works out that way, it works out that way.”
Hillman led the Broncos in rushing during the regular season last year with 863 yards on 207 attempts (4.2 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. He took a back seat to Anderson during the team’s playoff run en route to a Super Bowl title, however.
He still opted to re-sign with Denver during the offseason. It always seemed he was on the outside looking in at a roster spot after the team drafted Booker in the fourth round.
Now the Broncos’ front office will attempt to trade him before Saturday’s deadline to trim their roster to a maximum of 53 players. That said, they probably won’t hold much leverage in talks with other teams knowing he could be released if a trade isn’t made.
Hillman is coming off a strong regular season, so he shouldn’t have much trouble finding a new home should the Broncos end up letting him go. But whether the change comes by trade or free agency, he doesn’t figure to see the field much, at least during the early portion of the new campaign.