Peyton Hillis, who helped bail the Giants out of a running back jam last season, will return to the team and sign a two-year deal on Tuesday, the Daily News has learned.

The 28-year-old Hillis was enroute to New Jersey on Monday night, according to an NFL source, and is expected to sign the deal today. His signing is the first clue to the Giants’ plans at running back, where Andre Brown is a free-agent and David Wilson is recovering from neck surgery.

Last year, Hillis signed with the Giants in mid-October after Wilson suffered his neck injury and Brandon Jacobs – another veteran who had been signed after the season started to help the depleted Giants – pulled his hamstring. The Giants were left with just one healthy running back in rookie Michael Cox.

Hillis, the former Cleveland Brown (and Madden coverboy), started his first game for the Giants and gained 36 yards on 18 carries and had a touchdown in a win over the Vikings. The 6-2, 250-pounder stuck around to carry the ball 73 times for 247 yards in seven games and provided a physical presence out of the backfield.