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Tyreek Hill Says He Sought $25M-$26M AAV for Chiefs Contract Before Dolphins Trade

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVJune 11, 2022

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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill said Friday he did everything in his power to remain with the Kansas City Chiefs but the team wouldn't come close to his contract request.

Hill and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, detailed the period leading up to the blockbuster offseason trade on the wideout's new podcast, It Needed To Be Said, saying a conversation with Chiefs head coach Andy Reid failed to yield the desired outcome.

"I'm like, 'Hey Coach, yo like, I ain't even gotta be the highest-paid, for real. I just want to be put in like a realistic position that's like realistic for me and my family,'" Hill said. "I don't gotta get $30 million. At least get me 25, 26. ... Numbers wasn't even close to that."

Rosenhaus added Reid asked Hill directly whether he wanted to stay in Kansas City, which the six-time Pro Bowl selection confirmed was the case, but the Chiefs' offer still came up "millions of dollars short" in guaranteed money.

In March, Reid said the Chiefs made an "aggressive" proposal in an effort to keep the superstar receiver but it became clear the sides wouldn't be able to reach an agreement.

"I love Tyreek Hill," Reid told reporters. "There's no rift between Tyreek Hill and myself. I thought he deserved an opportunity if that's where he wanted to go. He's a family man that has a few kids and he's got to be able to support them now and down the road, and this gives him an opportunity to do that."

The 28-year-old Georgia native was dealt to Miami for five draft picks, including a 2022 first-round selection. The Chiefs flipped that choice, No. 29 overall, to the New England Patriots as part of a deal for the No. 21 pick, which was used to select Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie.

Meanwhile, Hill signed a four-year, $120 million contract with the Dolphins after the trade that included $72.2 million in guarantees.

While it was a bit surprising the Chiefs decided to move on from Patrick Mahomes' longtime favorite target, the front office made a series of moves—signing JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and drafting Skyy Moore—to help fill the void.

That new pass-catching trio combined with Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman and Josh Gordon should ensure the K.C. passing attack remains one of the NFL's most productive groups.

As for Hill, he's going to face a lot of pressure to help accelerate the development of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who's facing a potential make-or-break year in his quest to establish himself as a franchise quarterback.

Having Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Cedrick Wilson Jr. and Mike Gesicki at his disposal gives the 24-year-old University of Alabama product all the necessary tools for success.

The Chiefs and Dolphins aren't scheduled to face off in the regular season, but a playoff matchup could be on the horizon if Tagovailoa breaks through and Mahomes helps Kansas City survive the AFC West, the league's deepest division.

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