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Vikings Sign Former Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman

Vikings HC Mike Zimmer announced Wednesday that they’ve signed RB Ronnie Hillman to a contract.

  • Tom Pelissero reports that Hillman’s contract with the Vikings is a one-year deal worth a minimum base salary of $760,000.
  • The contract includes an injury split and no guaranteed money, according to Pelissero.

Zimmer mentioned that they plan to have Jerick McKinnon open as their starter now that Adrian Peterson has elected to undergo surgery for his meniscus tear.

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.

However, the Broncos cut him loose in a move that freed 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.