The Kansas City Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill walks after a pass near the Denver Broncos’ Karim Jackson… [+] At Arrowhead Stadium on December 5, 2021. (Photo by David Yulit/Getty Images)
As teams at AFC West continue to add talent, the division leader for the past six years ousted one of their best players.
After failing to negotiate a contract extension with Tyrek Hill, the Kansas City Chiefs traded the Miami Dolphins wide receiver for five draft picks over the next two years.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes is clearly the most important player on the Chiefs, but Hill was right behind him.
“Tyrek is the best receiver I’ve ever seen playing the game, man,” said tight end Travis Kelce, “and he’s without the ball in his hands and with the ball in his hands. He’s the ultimate fighter.”
Recording 479 catches and 56 receiving touchdowns throughout his Chiefs tenure, Hill has amassed 1,180 receiving yards in four of his last five seasons with Kansas City.
Perhaps the fastest player in NFL history, Hill struck a perfect combination with Mahomes’ powerful arm.
But Hill was more than just a burner. He had a great ability to track the ball, which he credits for playing center ground when he grew up.
The Chiefs used him on jet sweeps or sometimes drove him into motion as a bait to force the defense to focus on him and thereby free up other players. Kelce pointed to that latter skill, emphasizing Hill’s ability without the ball in his hands.
Because of Hill’s myriad abilities, the Chiefs had one of the most feared offenses in the NFL, but the Chiefs’ hold on the division they owned for six straight years may have loosened.
In fact, due to the big-name players that their divisional opponents had acquired this offseason, the Chiefs’ grip was already more vulnerable.
The Denver Broncos added quarterback Russell Wilson, the Los Angeles Chargers strengthened their defense by adding Khaleel Mack and Jesse Jackson, and the Las Vegas Raiders added Chandler Jones and Davante Adams.
Adams signed him to a five-year, $140 million contract making him the highest paid wide receiver in football.
The Dolphins are reportedly going to sign the 28-year-old Hill as an extension to rival or perhaps top.
The upside is that the Chiefs have now freed up about $20 million in the salary cap space, and by dealing Hill, they’re the Dolphins’ 2022 first-round pick (No. 29), 2022 second-round pick (No. 50). make acquisitions of. , 2022 4th round pick, 2023 4th round pick and 2023 6th round pick.
And this year’s draft is full of receiving talent.
But finding a replacement for Hill won’t be easy.
Hill always had elite speed. He ran 4.26 40-yard dashes in his college pro day. While at Coffey High in Georgia, he ran the 200 meters in 2012 in 20.14 seconds—the second-fastest high school mark at the time and one that placed him sixth at that year’s Olympic Games.
What was unusual was that someone full of fast-twitch muscles could have so much endurance, something head coach Andy Reid often praised.
Apart from his physical prowess, he has a great work ethic.
Hill worked as a running back/returner in the NFL before refining his route and his core principles (such as dropping his hips at the top of the route and creating separations at the line of scrimmage) to become a full receiver. logging in.
“He has really developed his game,” Mahomes said.
Now the Chiefs will have to develop their own in the challenging AFC West.