The Kansas City Chiefs traded one of their best receivers in Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins during the offseason. The trade came as a surprise to many NFL fans given Hill's expertise and partnership with Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Hill eventually landed himself a blockbuster deal with the Dolphins, making the 28-year-old the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. But why did Tyreek Hill get traded by the Chiefs despite being crucial to their success over the past few years?
Agent of Tyreek Hill Drew Rosenhaus spills beans on WR leaving Kansas City
Tyreek Hill was traded to the Dolphins in March 2022, after a six-year stint with the Chiefs. He helped Kansas City in their Super Bowl triumph of 2019.
As per reports, Hill and the Chiefs were unable to agree on a contract extension that would keep the receiver in Kansas City. Hill wanted to be paid more than what receiver Davante Adams was getting with the Las Vegas Raiders, but the Chiefs did not comply with his request for a hefty raise.
The Dolphins then offered Hill a whopping four-year, $120 million extension, which was too good to turn down. By signing his deal with Miami, Hill became the highest-paid receiver in the league.
Hill's agent Drew Rosenhaus highlighted the fact that money was an issue in the receiver's departure from Kansas City. While speaking to Colin Cowherd, Rosenhaus said:
"I think the Chiefs initially wanted to challenge us and see what we could get from other teams contractually and what we could also get compensation-wise.”
By his own admission, Hill also wasn't pleased with the way Kansas City utilized him last season. Hill spoke to Pro Football Talk and confessed his disappointment after leaving Kansas:
"If teams are going to give us favorable one-on-one matches against their best corner, I don’t see why teams don’t utilize their best receivers. And that’s where probably, like me and the Chiefs fell apart right there."
Hill has had a strong start to life in Miami so far. He has racked up 524 receiving yards on 38 receptions with two touchdowns to his name.
The Dolphins are third in the AFC East division with a 3-2 record. Mike McDaniel's side will host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 6.
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