Could this offseason get any crazier? In an absolutely stunning turn of events, the Kansas City Chiefs have reportedly granted superstar receiver Tyreek Hill and his representation permission to seek a trade following a breakdown in discussions regarding a lucrative long-term contract extension.
Reports claim the Chiefs made Hill a sizable offer that would have made him one of the highest paid receivers in the National Football League but the offer fell short of Hill’s expectations. Hill could potentially be seeking compensation in the neighborhood of what Davante Adams landed in Las Vegas following his trade away from the Green Bay Packers. Adams signed a five-year, $141.25 million contract with the Raiders, a historic extension that carries an average annual value of $28.25 million and Hill’s next contract is expected to land in that ballpark.
Hill is the game’s premier speed weapon and his departure would deliver an extremely difficult and sizable blow to the Chiefs’ offense. Head Coach Andy Reid and quarterback Patrick Mahomes have both greatly benefited from Hill’s game-breaking ability and all parties involved have done an excellent job maximizing his unique skill set. Losing Hill following what the Raiders, Denver Broncos and Los Angeles Chargers have achieved this offseason would throw the AFC West into even more of an unpredictable frenzy going forward.
We’ve identified three teams that should immediately trade for Hill.
The Dolphins have reportedly quickly emerged as a potential landing spot for Hill and it’s not shocking when analyzing the other aggressive moves General Manager Chris Grier has made to overhaul and improve his offense this offseason. Miami agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth up to $87.5 million with free-agent left tackle Terron Armstead on Tuesday evening. The deal includes $43.37 million in guarantees and immediately helps the Dolphins move the needle forward offensively. Armstead is one of few premier offensive tackles as Miami continues to usher in an exciting new era that make last year’s offensive supporting cast unrecognizable.
In addition to Armstead, the Dolphins have also reached agreements with wide receiver Cedrick Wilson, running back Kenyan Drake, offensive guard Connor Williams and running back Raheem Mostert, while retaining the likes of Mike Gesicki and Durham Smythe at tight end. Head Coach Mike McDaniel possesses a brilliant offensive mind after working under Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco (and other stops along the way) for several seasons and Grier is doing everything within his power to help him build his vision of Miami’s new-look offense. McDaniel helped Shanahan utilize Deebo Samuel in an extremely versatile manner in San Francisco and would certainly have big plans for Hill within the structure of his offense.
This offseason has been all about surrounding quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with the best environment imaginable as Miami prepares to make a decision on the long-term outlook of their quarterbacking situation. Tagovailoa already has no excuses given the commitments Grier and McDaniel have made offensively, but acquiring Hill would turn things up another notch.
NEW YORK JETS
The Jets are the second of two reported franchises that are allegedly pursuing an aggressive deal for Hill and it’s easy to understand why on the surface. General Manager Joe Douglas has consistently placed emphasis on retooling and revamping the Jets’ offense since he became their chief decision-maker in 2019. Within that time frame, Douglas has drafted a new franchise quarterback in Zach Wilson, drafted several offensive linemen in the first round including Alijah Vera-Tucker and Mekhi Becton, signed free agent receiver Corey Davis to a lucrative three-year contract, drafted a running back in Michael Carter and drafted former Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore with a premium selection in the second round. Douglas has continued that pattern this offseason by signing free agent guard Laken Tomlinson, who previously spent time in San Francisco with Head Coach Robert Saleh and Offensive Coordinator Mike LaFleur. Douglas also addressed the tight end position by signing C.J. Uzomah and Tyler Conklin just days ago.
Douglas has worked tirelessly to improve the situation around Wilson, who began showing better flashes of high-level quarterback play towards the conclusion of his rookie campaign. The Jets are invested in Wilson’s continued development. Davis, Moore and Braxton Berrios give the Jets a solid base at the receiver position but the aggressive Douglas would completely flip this group on its head by trading for Hill. The Jets possess the draft capital necessary (two selections in the top-10 of April’s draft) to make a tempting offer to the Chiefs in exchange for Hill’s services.
GREEN BAY PACKERS
General Manager Brian Gutekunst must do something extremely aggressive in the wake of the blockbuster trade that sent Adams to Vegas. The Packers signed franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers to a historic four-year contract extension earlier this offseason. Agreeing to terms with Rodgers allowed the Packers to pry open their Super Bowl window for a few more years but Adams’ departure set them back significantly. Gutekunst must consider making a bold move to offset the heartbreaking loss. Pairing Hill with Rodgers in Green Bay would certainly qualify while helping the Cheesehead faithful let go of the hurt they continue to harbor over losing Adams.
Green Bay’s current group of pass catchers leaves something to be desired. As things currently stand, Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb and Amari Rodgers are set to open the 2022 campaign as Green Bay’s top three receivers. That’s not exactly a murderer row’s of pass-catching weapons. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is an unrestricted free agent and is reportedly set to visit the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers are desperate to capture a second Super Bowl in the dwindling Rodgers era and Gutekunst can’t possibly expect to capture the Lombardi in 2022 with his current crop of receivers. Surrounding Rodgers with high-level weapons must be the goal. Hill is the type of playmaker the Packers should covet. The Packers possess more than $20 million in available financial freedom, via Spotrac, and can afford to sign Hill to the sizable extension he desires.
- Aug 22, 2022
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