In 2016 the Kansas City Chiefs selected Tyreek Hill 165th overall out of West Alabama. He wasn’t even the first receiver the Chiefs took in that draft, yet has been a superstar for Kansas City.
In every season that Hill has started 13 or more games, he has over 1,000 yards receiving. The Chiefs got an absolute steal in the 5th round in 2016, but 6 years and 6,600 receiving yards later, Kansas City is shipping ‘Cheetah’ to Miami.
Due to the massive contract Hill is under, and the fact that contract extension talks didn’t get far, the Chiefs knew they’d be getting rid of him at some point. By doing it now they at least get something out of the deal. Had they waited a year or two Hill may have declined a bit and they would lose him in free agency or get a worse trade.
The Chiefs free up tons of cap space in this deal and in return receive one first round, one second round, two fourth round, and one fifth round pick. They’ll have to use some of those picks to draft a receiver like Drake London or Christian Watson.
Dolphins on the rise
The Dolphins will be excited to have a top 5 receiver in the league paired up with Tua Tagovailoa. Miami will certainly be a team that frustrates the upper echelon of teams this year as they just signed tackle Terron Armstead to a five-year deal. This means Miami will have a good line to defend Tua as well as a great receiver for him to throw to. They’ve also added another quick receiver in Cedrick Wilson from the Cowboys.
Now Miami will have to put it all together on the field. They had a big scandal with their GM and former coach and are now looking to get past that and show everyone that they can get back to the top.
The Dolphins have not had a top-10 offense in the past 15 years and are clearly looking to change that. They’ll open up the regular season against Baltimore.
What do the Chiefs do?
Kansas City is clearly going to be asking a lot more out of their receiving core this year. Travis Kelce is going to have to catch more balls and JuJu Smith Schuster will have to be more consistent.
Hopefully the Chiefs can also get former pro-bowler Josh Gordon back into his prime. Gordon could be a serious piece of the puzzle if he comes back to full form. Andy Reid and co are going to have their hands full, but one piece of the puzzle is not a mystery.
Patrick Mahomes has been consistently a top three NFL quarterback since he began his career and he will hope to do so again next year, but without Tyreek Hill for the first time in his career.
Mahomes will be extra motivated after falling to the Bengals in the AFC Championship, a game in which Mahomes played horribly in the second half. He’ll be ready to get back on the field and win games again next year.