Mike Klis of 9 News writes that it would be “a surprise” if Ronnie Hillman was on the Broncos’ 53-man roster coming out of the preseason.
Klis mentions that while the Broncos have already paid Hillman $600,000 in signing and workout bonuses, it would be surprising to see them keep him and his $1.4 million salary.
As of now, Hillman is behind C.J. Anderson and rookie Devontae Booker, and their No. 4 option Kapri Bibbs has actually been playing well enough to justify a roster spot.
Hillman, 24, is a former third-round pick of the Broncos back in 2012. He played out his rookie contract before re-signing with Denver on a one-year, $2 million contract this past April.
According to OverTheCap.com, releasing Hillman would free up $1.5 million in available cap space while creating $500,000 in dead money.
In 2015, Hillman appeared in all 16 games for the Broncos and ran for 863 yards on 207 carries (4.2 YPC) to go along with 24 receptions for 111 yards receiving and seven total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 49 running back out of qualifying 69 players.