There are bound to be hard feelings whenever a player is traded away from a team they had great success with. During Tyreek Hill’s six years in Kansas City, he went from return specialist/slot receiver to one of the best pass catchers in the league. Then he was traded to Miami during the offseason, and all that goodwill went out the window.
Going to Miami got Hill a new four-year $120 million deal, which probably wouldn’t have happened in KC. But Tyreek lost many of us when he began throwing jabs at the Chiefs organization. Hill claimed he wasn’t getting the ball enough, yet he caught 111 receptions last season. That ranked third among all receivers in ‘21.
Kansas City stood by Hill during all his off-the-field issues. The Chiefs were the team that took a chance on Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, knowing he’d had problems off the field, like the domestic violence incident in 2014 that got him kicked off the Oklahoma State football team.
Then in 2019, while part of the Chiefs organization Hill was investigated for child abuse involving his three-year-old son. Kansas City stood by Hill through all this and didn’t cut bait. All of a sudden, because they traded him, it feels like Tyreek spent all summer trying to prove why he’s so much better off now. News flash….nobody, believes that.
Hill’s gone out of his way to shout out Tua Tagovailoa during the offseason at the expense of Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense. Well, the time for talking is done. Week 1 of the Tua-Tyreek era in Miami has arrived, and they get to face Bill Belichick’s defense. So, we’ll see what tune Hill sings after a couple of underthrown deep balls from Tua.
Tua is an accurate passer, but thus far hasn’t proven he can throw it deep consistently. Hill’s ability to take the top off defenses might be his best quality as a receiver. Oh, boy, this is going to be very interesting to see how this plays out.
Get ready, the NFL is back.