Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill: Chiefs ‘just threw me aside like I was trash’ | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors
Tyreek Hill (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill said the Kansas City Chiefs’ decision to trade him was motivation for the 2022 NFL season.
Hill, who signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension after moving to Miami, told Outkick’s Armando Salguero he was eager to show the Chiefs made a mistake.
“And a lot of guys when they get paid, they stop wanting to improve. And I feel like when the Kansas City Chiefs traded me, I kind of took it personal,” said Hill. “So now what really motivates me is that I feel like they just threw me aside like I was trash or something.”
In March, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said a trade was the only realistic option after the sides made no progress in contract negotiations.
“We arrived aggressive [with an
offer], and after we got to a point, we just said, “Listen, these days you have problems with the ceiling.” So we thought it best to allow him to go ahead and be traded,” Reid told reporters.
Replacing a game-changer like Hill is nearly impossible, so Kansas City instead added several receivers to help fill the massive void. They signed JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency and selected Skyy Moore in the second round of the draft.
That trio will be joined by Mecole Hardman, Josh Gordon and tight end Travis Kelce in an effort to ensure the Patrick Mahomes-led attack doesn’t miss a beat.
Meanwhile, Hill is setting expectations very high after moving to Miami.
“For me, man, obviously there are a lot of areas where you can always improve,” he told Salguero. “But my main goal this year is to help this team in any way I can get to the playoffs, obviously, and then we’ll go to the Super Bowl.”
Hill, a Georgia native, noted that he grew up a “huge fan” of the Dolphins, and there was nothing he would enjoy more than bringing the franchise a championship.
“I want to be on a parade through Miami, Hard Rock and Miami Gardens and feel that energy,” he said. “That’s why I’m here.”
Unfortunately, the Chiefs and Dolphins aren’t expected to play each other during the regular season. Hill returning to face his old team would have been one of the best storylines of the year.
A playoff matchup is entirely reasonable, however, and it would be must-watch TV.