Chiefs Free Agency 2012: Peyton Hillis Headed To Kansas City

The Chiefs applied the franchise tag to Dwayne Bowe, keeping him in KC another year.

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Peyton Hillis, Kansas City Chiefs Agree To Contract

It was all but certain that Peyton Hillis would not be back with the Cleveland Browns as the NFL free agency period began, and now we know where he's heading. The Kansas City Chiefs announced they had reached an agreement with Hillis on Wednesday, one day after free agency began.

Hillis is coming to Kansas City on a short, low-money deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Kansas City played a game of musical running backs last season after Jamaal Charles tore his ACL early in the year. Without their expected feature back, the Chiefs employed a variety of bodies in the backfield, and likely will again this year -- it was trending that way even before Charles went down for the year. Hillis adds a dimension of power running, but also comes with uncertain health following an injury-plagued 2011 campaign.

For more free agency updates, head to SB Nation's Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride and SB Nation Kansas City.

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Brandon Carr Likely To Hit Free Agency After Chiefs Sign Stanford Routt

The Kansas City Chiefs signed cornerback Stanford Routt on Monday, inking the 28-year-old free agent to a three-year deal worth $20 million that guarantees him about $6 million in 2012 (via Kansas City Star). The signing likely means the Chiefs will allow cornerback Brandon Carr to become a free agent.

Routt is coming off one of his most productive seasons, grabbing a career-high four interceptions, defensing 15 passes and making 49 tackles. Since moving into the starting role in 2010, he's been among the Raiders best secondary players.

Prior to the signing of Routt, it was believed that the Chiefs were trying to decide between putting the Franchise Tag on Carr or wide receiver Dwayne Bowe. With Routt presumably moving into Carr's starting cornerback slot opposite Brandon Flowers, it would seem to indicate the Chiefs have decided to place the Franchise Tag on Bowe. Carr, 25, had nearly identical numbers to Routt in 2011 while Bowe logged his second consecutive 1,100-yard season.

For more reaction to the signing, be sure to check out Chiefs blog Arrowhead Pride.

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