The Kansas City Chiefs have given Tyreek Hill permission to seek a trade after contract extension talks stalled.
The fastest man and best deep-ball receiver in the National Football League has spent all six years in his professional career with the Chiefs, who took him in the middle of the fifth round in the 2016 draft. He and teammates Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce formed the most lethal offensive trio in recent decades, and by certain metrics, of all time.
The Miami Dolphins and New York Jets are leading the race to land the All-Pro receiver, according to reports.
Tyreek Hill leaving Arrowhead?
Rumors surrounding Tyreek Hill’s future began to fly after “Cheetah” posted a cryptic message on his Twitter account a week and a half ago.
we came a long way thank you chiefs kingdom I’m forever indebted ❤️
— Ty Hill (@cheetah) March 13, 2022
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has now gone so far as to say that a deal is “likely” to happen before the new season kicks off.
The stud wideout is entering the final year in a three-year deal he signed in 2019 and was set to make $3.4 million in base salary, a $16.5 million roster bonus, and another $500,000 in workout bonuses.
Former Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams reset the market when he signed with the Las Vegas Raiders last week, agreeing on a five-year, $140 million deal that made him the most expensive wideout in NFL history.
Kansas City was reportedly ready to make Hill one of the highest-paid receivers in the league with roughly $21-22 million annual salary, although the operative words could be “one of” instead of “the.”
Hill finished third in receptions (111), seventh in receiving yards (1,239) and ninth in receiving touchdowns (nine) in 2021 and has four 1,000-plus-yard receiving seasons in his last five, with the exception being an injury-riddled season. He was the perfect complement to a strong-arm risk-taking quarterback like Mahomes and can turn any game on its head in the quickest of moments.
The Post-Hill era beckons
It is hard to imagine the modern Chiefs without their speed-demon receiver that once torched the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for 203 yards and two touchdowns in just the first quarter of a game. There is a legitimate argument that no other receiver in the league could have taken the 64-yard crossing route into the endzone in the AFC Divisional Playoffs against the Buffalo Bills, which in turn would have prevented KC from reaching the Conference Championship Game.
The reported headliners for a Hill trade, Miami and New York, are also head-scratching destinations for a player of his caliber and profile. They are going to have tons of money to throw his way, which never hurts, but both teams are struggling to find an identity and quarterback and are at least a year, if not multiple years away from championship contention.
For a player that has been to four straight conference championships and two Super Bowls, it would not be out of the realm of possibility for him to make a scene when his new teams inevitably underperform his past squads.
This is a developing situation and will be updated as more information is released.
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