Tyreek Hill decided that it was time to be paid. In the wake of unsuccessful efforts to get an extension to his contract for the Kansas City Chiefs, the six-time Pro Bowl wide receiver is being considered for an exchange that will take him for Miami Dolphins. Miami Dolphins, the Dolphins, announced on Wednesday.
In exchange, the Chiefs will get a first-round pick, a second-round selection, a fourth-round choice this year, and sixth and fourth-round picks in 2023. In addition, Miami has agreed to offer Hill an extension of four years extension of the contract worth $120 million, which includes around $72 million of guaranteed funds.
Hill’s departure and his payday are an ongoing shift in the game in the NFL offseason, which has seen five quarterbacks trade, with a star wide receiver being traded and paid handsomely.
The reason for this is it was the Green Bay Packers’ trading of Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders and the five-year contract worth $140 million that Hill, a former five-time Pro Bowl pass catcher received which started the wheels to conclude the deal that was struck between both the Chiefs as well as the Dolphins.
In frustration with the lack of progress in negotiations, Hill made it known that he was interested in being transferred, according to sources who were aware of the matter, who talked about the matter with USA TODAY Sports on condition that they remain anonymous due to the sensitive nature of the negotiations. Then, Hill has received his desire.
Three-time All-Pro was a key player in aiding the Chiefs to win their first Super Bowl in 2019 and win four championship games in the conference.
He was then facing the dilemma of whether to keep the contract he was on or to profit from the current market.
Hill was also forced to decide which option was worth the higher cost when playing alongside MVP contender Patrick Mahomes or getting paid, even though it involved teaming up with a quarterback who was not proven.
He chose to go with the former.
“It’s hard to put into words what Tyreek has meant to the Chiefs Kingdom over the last six years,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said. “He’s a special player, one of the best franchise history. He’s been a large part of our success, including our Super Bowl championship run. This decision was tough, but we felt it was a necessary move in the best interest of the team and also for Tyreek. We wish him the best as he continues his career.”
Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said: “I am happy for Tyreek; he has grown as a man and player here in Kansas City. My staff and our organization appreciate all he did for our team. This move will also benefit the Chiefs, we now have cap space and additional draft picks to grow as a football team. I wish him well as he moves forward.”
Today, Hill becomes the league’s most lucrative wideout, receiving passes from third-year pro Tua Tagovailoa, and receiving instruction from the coach of his first year Mike McDaniel.
The Jets also had a go at Hill but were beaten by their divisional rival.
With the addition of 28-year-old Hill -considered to be one of the top athletes on the NFL and is a top deep threat Dolphins have added an arsenal of talented weapons that could speed up Tagovailoa’s growth and also to ensure an easier transition to McDaniel as the head coach.
Hill will join 2021’s first-round selection Jaylen Waddle who set the NFL record for receptions by rookies in the last season with the number of 104.
In this season, Miami also brought on three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead and right guard Connor Williams to fortify the team’s front.
Support for skill-positioning was also added to runners Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert and the wide receivers Cedrick Wilson Jr. and Trent Sherfield.
The Chiefs must also find a new weapon to go with the tight player Travis Kelce. Kansas City signed former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster this week.
The team has now been armed with a selection of draft picks. This includes 4 of their top 62 picks and additional cap space.