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Report: Talks between the Denver Broncos and running back Ronnie Hillman are "heating up"

Could Hillman be returning to the Broncos?

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According to 9NEWS Denver's Mike Klis, talks between free agent running back Ronnie Hillman and the Denver Broncos are reportedly "heating up".

The two sides have been talking for a few weeks about a potential deal, and it sounds like they're coming close to an agreement. Klis says the Broncos are "hopeful" to get Hillman back with them as they start their offseason program on Monday.

Hillman is still young(24 years old), and is coming off a career year under Gary Kubiak in 2015. He totaled 863 yards rushing, a 4.2 YPC, and 7 touchdowns. He led the team in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns in 2015, so it makes sense that the Broncos would like him back.

Keep in mind that Hillman did all this behind a leaky offensive line and a passing game that wasn't much a threat at times last season. The Broncos improved their offensive line in free agency and are hoping to improve their passing game in 2016 so hopefully, Hillman can improve on these numbers.

I know Hillman isn't always the most popular player on the Broncos, but he would be a nice addition to their backfield. He is the only Broncos back to have the explosive speed element and can take the ball distance whenever he gets the ball. He doesn't always do it often, but he showed that off when he ran for a 72-yard touchdown against the Minnesota Vikings last season.

If Hillman does get re-signed I can still see the Broncos spending a late round draft pick on a running back to add competition. C.J. Anderson has yet to put together a full season for the Broncos, and Hillman is built to carry the load at running back.

Should Hillman return in 2016, he will look to push C.J. Anderson for the starting gig like he did last season.