The conversations between the Kansas City Chiefs and wide receiver Tyreek Hill regarding a contract extension have taken an abrupt turn.
Kansas City is trading Hill to the Miami Dolphins, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport on March 23. The Dolphins will give the Chiefs a 2022 first-round pick, second-round pick, and fourth-round pick, along with a 2023 fourth-round pick and sixth-round pick, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Along with the trade, Miami is giving Hill a four-year, $120 million extension, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
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On March 12, Hill posted a tweet that read “we came a long way thank you chiefs kingdom I’m forever indebted.” At that time an extension between Hill and Kansas City seemed likely, as he was on the books with a $21.8 million cap hit in 2022, per Over The Cap, which is also the last year of his contract. So, Hill’s tweet read more as a thank you to the organization for keeping him around even longer.
On March 16, Rapoport reported that Hill and the Chiefs were “deep in talks” regarding a contract extension that could pay the veteran wideout upwards of $20 million per season on a “shorter deal”.
However, Rapoport reported earlier in the day on March 23 that extension talks between Hill and Kansas City had stalled, and the Chiefs gave Hill permission to seek a trade.
Dolphins Front Office Linked to Chiefs, Hill
The reason that Miami was likely the winner of the Hill sweepstakes could have to do with the team’s assistant general manager, Marvin Allen. Allen was the director of college scouting from 2013-17 in Kansas City, which is the same timeframe in which the Chiefs drafted Hill (’16). The Dolphins also have two first-round picks in 2023, with the extra pick coming from the trade that helped the San Francisco 49ers move up in the 2021 NFL Draft so they could select quarterback Trey Lance. So Miami could potentially use one of those picks to move back into the first round this year.
Since being selected as fifth-round pick by the Chiefs, Hill has been a six-time Pro Bowler, three-time All-Pro, and has had four 1,000-yard seasons. Overall, he has accumulated 479 receptions, 6,630 yards, and 56 touchdowns during his six-year career, according to Pro Football Reference.
With Hill being traded, Kansas City’s depth chart at wide receiver now includes JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mecole Hardman, Josh Gordon, Daurice Fountain, Gehrig Dieter, Cornell Powell, Justin Watson, Chris Finke, Gary Jennings, Matthew Sexton, and Omar Bayless.
Twitter Reacts to Hill Trade
Twitter users reacted to the Chiefs trading Hill to the Dolphins.
“Tyreek Hill would rather have Turnthaballova throw the ball at his ankles than catch bombs from Mahomes and contend that’s crazy,” one Twitter user wrote.
“Chiefs got 3 top 50 picks for Tyreek Hill & the Falcons couldn’t even get 1?? Clearly ATL has been living with rose colored glasses on for Matt Ryan,” another user wrote.
“You will be missed @cheetah. Thank you for being a great Chief and helping us bring a super bowl to KC. All love,” another user wrote.