By Terrance Turner
March 23, 2022
The Kansas City Chiefs are trading wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for five draft picks: a 2022 first-round pick (No. 29), a second-round pick (No. 50) and a fourth-round pick, as well as fourth- and sixth-round picks in the 2023 draft, sources told ESPN on Wednesday.
The Dolphins are giving Hill a four-year, $120 million extension, including $72.2 million guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN. This deal makes Hill the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history.
Why the Chiefs would want to trade their best wideout in exchange for a few draft picks is anybody’s guess. But according to Yahoo! Sports reporter Charles Robinson, contract talks between the Chiefs and Hill broke down. Chiefs reportedly thought an extension was an “uphill climb“. Then, when Davante Adams was traded to the Raiders in a blockbuster deal, it became clear that a trade had to be considered.
According to sources from ESPN, both the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins had trades in place for Hill. (Mr. Hill’s former teammate, guard Laurent Duvernary-Tardiff, left the Chiefs for the Jets last year. Tardiff hit the market today as an unrestricted free agent.) Hill reportedly liked the Dolphins better, clearing the way for a trade that places him in the receiver corps of developing quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.
According to NBC Sports, “Hill leaves Kansas City as one of the best receivers in franchise history. He is fourth on the team’s all-time list with 479 receptions, fifth with 6,630 yards, and fourth with 56 receiving touchdowns.” Hill caught 111 passes for 1,239 yards with nine touchdowns last season. The Chiefs advanced to their fourth consecutive AFC Championship Game, which they lost to the Cincinnati Bengals; Hill broke the record for most receptions in a season.
Hill won the Super Bowl with the Chiefs in Feb. 2020. He continued his success in the 2020 season, catching 87 passes for 1,276 yards and 15 touchdowns, adding two rushing scores to his impressive tally. Hill shined in a Nov. 2020 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, scoring three touchdowns. (Cornerback Carlton Davis was often the victim on Hill’s 13 catches, which gained 269 yards and included touchdowns of 75, 44 and 20 yards.) The Chiefs returned to the Super Bowl, though Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ruined their repeat hopes in Feb. 2021.
A fifth-round pick in the 2016 draft, Hill made the Pro Bowl in each of his six seasons.
Given his fantastic record, many observers were wondering about the reason why the Chiefs couldn’t hold on to Hill. Fansided contributor Josh Fann wrote, “Trading Tyreek Hill is a mistake for KC Chiefs.” He added, “So why trade him? We’re all wondering the same thing. How does trading Tyreek Hill make sense? Sometimes, there are trades that don’t make sense at all, and Hill’s deal is one of the few that don’t.”