The Denver Broncos and John Elway would be smart to re-sign Ronnie Hillman to a one-year deal and give him a chance to compete for the same role he had in 2015. The Broncos should still draft a running back, but bringing Hillman back at least gives the team a chance to retain the same backfield they had for their Super Bowl run.
As frustrating as Hillman was during the 2015 NFL Playoffs, he did complement C.J. Anderson rather well. In fact, Anderson himself was equally as frustrating through the first half of the regular season.
Hillman finished the seasons with four 100-yard rushing games to Anderson's two, including the season finale that helped Peyton Manning lead a comeback to give the Broncos homefield advantage in the playoffs.
He also scored seven rushing touchdowns to Anderson's five, although Anderson did add two more during the playoffs to even the score.
The fact of the matter is, the two guys played well off each other and it really wasn't until the playoffs that his play significantly deteriorated to the point of frustration. Frustration, I am sure, for him, the coaches and the fans.
It should also be noted that Anderson has yet to prove he can carry the ball more than 12-15 times a game. Hillman bested Anderson in that department, carrying the ball 16+ times in five games in 2015. Anderson hit that mark just twice, coming in the AFC Championship game (16) and the Super Bowl (23).
Re-signing Hillman is a low risk kind of move and will likely be cap-friendly at a time when the Broncos need every cap dollar they can muster to put together a full 53-man roster in 2016. So why not bring Hillman back for another go at it?