Another day, another big name on the move in the NFL. After unsuccessful efforts to re-sign Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs traded the All-Pro receiver to the Dolphins, as ESPN and NFL Media reported and CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora confirmed on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, Kansas City granted the six-time Pro Bowler permission to seek a trade and began exploring potential replacements for his position. The Jets would also have been the first to land Hill, but instead the speedster will go to Miami in exchange for five different draft picks, including a 2022 first-rounder.
Hill, 28, was set to enter a contract year with the Chiefs, the final year of a three-year, $54 million extension he signed in 2019. He was seeking a substantial raise following the 2022 free agency, which reset the receiver. market thanks to a number of new offers around the NFL. Kansas City offered the former Super Bowl champion an extension that would have made him one of the highest-paid in the game in his position, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, but negotiations bogged down to the point that Hill sought a new agreement elsewhere.
The Dolphins, in addition to giving Hill a four-year, $120 million extension, averaging $30 million a year, with $72.2 million guaranteed — a new record for wide receivers, handed out a 2022 first-round pick, a 2022 second-round pick, 2022 fourth-round, 2023 fourth-round, and 2023 sixth-round pick at Kansas City in exchange for the wide.
The Chiefs were preparing for his exit, recently signing former Steelers starter JuJu Smith-Schuster, continuously recruit free agents and draft optionsand Wednesday welcoming former Packers speedster Marquez Valdes-Scantling for a free agent visit, per NFL Media. Losing Hill, however, is removing one of the NFL’s most explosive pass-catchers from a roster once heralded as the most dangerous in the league, undermining star quarterback Patrick Mahomes of one of its top targets.
Hill has faced several off-field issues during his career, including a domestic assault charge that preceded his entry into the NFL as a fifth-round draft pick in 2016. On the field, he was the one of the most productive players in his position, eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards in four of his six seasons, including a career-high 1,479 yards in 2018, when Mahomes won the NFL MVP award. He recorded a personal best 111 catches in 2021, a year after scoring a career-high 15 touchdowns.
In Miami, he will be the new No. 1 receiver for QB Tua Tagovailoa, facing second-year man Jaylen Waddle.
(From CBS Sports NFL Fantasy Writer Dan Schneier)
What negative impact will the trade have on Hill after he moves away from Patrick Mahomes and inherits Tua Tagovailoa as the new starting quarterback. The area where this is most concerning is deep passing play. Mahomes has a clear advantage as a deep passer over Tagovailoa, but at the end of the day, I don’t think the Travis Kelce factor should be entirely ignored either. With Kelce on the field, defenses were forced to consider midfield with their safeties – often opening up deep passing areas for Mahomes to find Hill. Mike Gesicki doesn’t get that kind of attention from defenses and more eyes will be on Hill now despite having Waddle at his side.
As for Tagovailoa, the addition of Hill is obviously excellent for his vision of Fantasy. The Dolphins have done a lot to give him every chance of success this offseason, including two key offensive line recruits – Terron Armstead and Connor Williams. Given the lack of upside rush Tagovailoa has displayed at the NFL level, I’m skeptical of his upgrade to a borderline QB1 — something you might start to see gain momentum as the game progresses. The offseason is moving forward — but it’s a good bet as a breakout QB in 2022 given the additions of Hill, McDaniel, Waddle’s progression and offensive line upgrade.
On top of that, the Chiefs are using a vertically oriented offense under head coach Andy Reid and Hill will now switch to a more running-oriented horizontal offense. He has the skills to thrive in that area, but it won’t exactly help him in the deep passing game.