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Peyton Hillis: Chiefs 'Seemed Like A Perfect Fit'


Peyton Hillis, the newest member of the Kansas City Chiefs, conducted a conference call with the media on Thursday after he agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Chiefs.

He indicated that his relationship with Chiefs offensive coordinator Brian Daboll was a factor in him signing here as the two were in Cleveland together. He also said Daboll viewed him as more than just a fullback with the Browns.

He also called the rumors that he was considering not only retirement, but a post-playing career in the C.I.A., as "horrendous".

I transcribed the whole thing after the jump.

On his relationship with Brian Daboll and whether it was a factor in coming here:

"It was a real big decision a long with many other factors. Coach Daboll and I have a great relationship. I know the playbook and I know what he represents and it just seemed like a perfect fit."

On what it is about Daboll's offense that allows him to succeed:

"I think it was just the point that he believed in me, and believed what I could do. What he does works. He's proven that wherever he's been. I'm very excited about the opportunity and very excited about being a Chief."

On how much playing time he'll get and his role with the Chiefs:

"I don't know. There's no way to distinguish that, we haven't really discussed it. But it's not really a big deal. I'm excited about being here. Along with Jamaal Charles and Dexter McCluster in the backfield, I think it will be a huge backfield doing really great things."

On the rumors that he considered retirement and the CIA:

"Like you said, you can't please everybody. What was said in the past, nobody will ever know. It's pretty much one person's word against the other. I have no fallbacks there. I really enjoyed my time in Cleveland. The CIA talks and retirement talks were just horrendous. As I look back, it's where the Lord has led me now. I'm excited about being a Chief. All those talks, and whatever, if I have to come here and build up my reputation in a lot of people's eyes I can do that because I know what kind of player I am and I'm very excited about the opportunity."

On whether he feels like he needs to re-establish his reputation:

"No, not at all. I think how I've played in the past and where I've been can speak for itself. I feel like everywhere I've been I've produced and done well with the opportunities I've gotten, and it'll be the same here. I play for me, myself and my family and for the Chiefs. Like I said, I'm very excited about the opportunity and I hope it all works out."

On why he did the one-year contract and whether he sees himself in KC for the longterm:

"I do. I think that a lot of people want to show I can prove myself again and if that's the case I'm more than happy in doing it. I saw this as an opportunity to be reunited with Coach Daboll and Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel because they're great people. I'm really excited about it."

On who suggested the one-year deal:

"It just came about. It was just something we talked about. Someting that was never really pre-determined, just something we both came to an agreement with and things we wanted to do."

On his health:

"Health is great. Never been healthier or more excited about playing football."

On whether he'll be ready for OTAs and minicamp:


On his role with the Chiefs, running back or fullback:

"Just the same. Just coming in and producing. I don't know what that pertains to yet. I'm excited about the role they give me though and I'll do it 100 percent no matter what the role is."

On how Daboll gave him his shot at running back in Cleveland:

"A couple injuries happened to the running backs that year and they thought I was capable of doing it and the opportunity presented itself to do it well. I feel like I needed to take advantage of my opportunities and at that point I think he thought of me as more than just a fullback."

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