Despite the curious circumstances surrounding Tyreek Hill’s departure from Kansas City, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said there was no drama between him and the star.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the team traded Hill for the Dolphins, Reid explained why the Chiefs parted ways with the six-time Pro Bowler.
“I love Tyreek Hill,” Reid said Monday, via ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “There’s no rift between Tyreek Hill and me. I thought he deserved an opportunity if that’s where he wanted to go. He’s a family man with a few kids and he needs to be in able to support them now and in the future, and it gives him the opportunity to do so. At the same time, it gives us a nice compensation.
“We arrived aggressive [with a contract offer]and after we got to a point, we just said, “Look, these days you have some issues that you have to deal with the ceiling with.” So we thought it best to allow him to go ahead and get traded. … You can take different paths with a player. You can play hardball or you can do it like I did, or like we did. “
The offer would have made Hill one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. Miami where he signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension.
Kansas City received five draft picks, including a first-round pick (29th overall) in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Chiefs also received second- and third-round picks in the April draft and fourth-round picks and sixth round. in 2023 from Miami.
“You have to be able to handle this the right way,” Reid said of the Chiefs’ salary cap situation. “If you’re pouring all your money into a quarterback and you can’t surround him with players, that can be a problem. So you have to find a way with a Tyreek Hill that you might have to get rid of in order to be able to It’s attack and defense. I’m not just talking about the attacking side.
Since trading Hill, the Chiefs have signed WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling and running back Ronald Jones. Kansas City also brought in WR JuJu Smith-Schuster and signed safety Justin Reid early in free agency.
Chiefs general manager Brett Veach will have plenty of opportunities to add talent through the April draft, with five picks from the top 100 picks, including two first-round picks. 28, by Over the Cap.
“You want to surround him with great players,” Reid replied when asked how the trade would affect quarterback Patrick Mahomes. “We tried to sign Tyreek at some cost. Once that passed, now you can see what we’re doing here with the players we’ve brought in and we think they’re very good football players. So, we’ll see. I mean, the end result will be what happens during the season, but Brett is rebuilding that thing where we feel comfortable going to win on Sunday.”