Trade Grade: Kansas City Chiefs Trade Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins

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Alright, I am fully convinced that the NFL is trying to cause an earthquake to happen. There has been so many blockbuster trades happen during Free Agency. I thought that we were done, but then the Tyreek Hill trade rumors started floating and I thought it was nonsense at first. Turns out that those rumors were true as the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins have agreed on a deal involving wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

Kansas City Chiefs Acquire: 2022 1st Round Pick (29th Overall), 2022 Second Round Pick (50th Overall), 2022 4th Round Pick, 2023 4th Round Pick, and 2023 6th Round Pick
Miami Dolphins Acquire: WR Tyreek Hill

Kansas City Chiefs Side

If you were to tell me two years ago that Tyreek Hill would not be on the Kansas City Chiefs in a few years, I would have thought you were crazy. But the day has come, as the Chiefs decided to make this move trading him. This move makes sense for the Kansas City Chiefs to make. Especially, as the team could not afford to pay him the money that Tyreek Hill wanted (around 30 million). His cap hit this year was around 15.8 million on his original deal. I don’t blame the Chiefs for not wanting to pay that much for Hill knowing the injury risk and the past off the field issues. Plus the Chiefs signed JuJu Smith-Schuster which is an intriguing move as if he can stay healthy and perform the way he did as a Pittsburgh Steeler, than the Chiefs benefit. The downside making this deal is that the Kansas City Chiefs need all the talent that they can get in the AFC West Arms race. Trading Tyreek Hill does not benefit them this upcoming season, but at least they get a ton of draft picks that they can utilize to grow the team.

Miami Dolphins Side

There are a lot of analysts and fans that are praising what the Miami Dolphins did with this trade. I get it as it gives Tua Tagovailoa gets another receiver to throw the football too. However, I have a few problems with the Dolphins acquiring Tyreek Hill. First, is of course Tyreek Hill is going to have a downgrade at who is throwing the ball to him. I don’t think Tua Tagovialoa is an awful QB but he is not as good as Patrick Mahomes is. Second, is that Tyreek Hill has a history of being a locker room distraction which could impact in the culture the locker room. Third, is the injury concerns as Tyreek Hill had issues staying healthy last season. Hopefully he will get healthier this season but for now he has durability concerns. Tyreek Hill and the Miami Dolphins agreed to a three-year, $75 million extension with Miami. So he will likely have a cap hit at around 23.8 million per year and won’t be a free agent until 2025.

Grades For Tyreek Hill Trade
Kansas City Chiefs: B-
Miami Dolphins: C-

This was a tough one to grade, but I got to give the win to the Kansas City Chiefs here. The Chiefs making this move clear cap space and get much needed draft capital. It sucks that they are loosing their speedy number 1 receiver. The Dolphins are making a risky move here trading a lot of draft capital and sacrificing cap space for a wide receiver that has a lot of risks attached. Hopefully, it works out for both teams.

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