Patrick Mahomes gets honest about KC departure from Tyreek Hill

The Kansas City Chiefs shocked the NFL world last week when they decided to trade Tyreek Hill for the Miami Dolphins. While the Chiefs faced a notable contract extension dilemma with Hill, they ended up throwing in the towel on such talks and opted to part ways with him after six seasons in total.

The trade came as a surprise to quarterback Patrick Mahomes, but he wasn’t caught off guard by the decision. As he told Albert Breer of Sports Illustratedthe Chiefs front office has kept him updated on Hill’s position within the team and overall the former NFL MVP winner is thrilled to see his former teammate receiving a well-deserved big payday .

“It surprised me even more every time we got to the point where we were really considering trading him,” Mahomes said. “They kept me updated all the time; I knew the extension talks were underway. And then I found out when he got permission to seek a trade. But I mean, still, I’ve played my entire career with Tyreek, so definitely there was a bit of a shock when he got traded.

“At the same time, they kept me involved in the whole process, and I know we made a huge effort to try to keep him in Kansas City. Tyreek, he’s such a great player, he got what “He deserved. I’m happy for him. And he’s in a place where he has a home and he’s closer to his family and stuff. So I’m very happy for him. We had to move on.”

While Mahomes was talking about it, there were extension talks between team officials Hill and Chiefs. Hill’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, revealed last week that he initiated such talks with the team after last season. Talks between the two sides were going “slowly” and talks about it changed course after Davante Adams was traded to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Rosenhaus noted that Adams’ successful move to the Raiders “turned everything upside down,” as he aspired to make his client the highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL today. In the end, he was successful, as the Dolphins ended up agreeing with Hill on a big four-year, $120 million contract extension.

Mahomes understood the business side of this business, and he knew that from there, the Chiefs had to get as much return as possible for Hill.

“We had to move on and try to get as much as possible for him and try to rebuild that reception hall,” Mahomes said. “And do it where we have the ability to go out there and compete every week, which I trust Brett Veach and coach [Andy] Reid will do.

Hill capped off his run with the Chiefs after 91 regular-season games played over six seasons, where he became a valuable threat to Mahomes. He recorded an incredible 35 touchdowns from 30+ receiving yards at Kansas City.

Mahomes will now call on Mecole Hardman, JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to be his top wide receiver options for the 2022 season. Overall, he probably won’t expect any of them. them completely replace Hill’s production and also reflect his unique style of play as a wide, but it would certainly be crucial if they could all become reliable and go-to targets for him in the red zone in the upcoming campaign.

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