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The Kansas City Chiefs wanted to keep receiver Tyreek Hill, but head coach Andy Reid said he came to a point during contract negotiations that it just wasn’t feasible.
“I love Tyreek Hill,” Reid said Monday at NFL meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. Last week, the Chiefs traded Hill to the Miami Dolphins for five draft picks. “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 has to to be able to support them now and later, and it gives him the opportunity to do so, while rewarding us very well.
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Reid said the team felt Hill deserved an opportunity.
“We arrived aggressive [with a contract offer], and after we got to a point, we just said, “Look, these days you have problems with the ceiling.” So we thought it best to allow him to go ahead and be traded,” Reid said, according to ESPN. “You can go down different paths with a player. You can play hardball or you can do it like I did, or like we did.”
Overthecap.com shows the Chiefs now have more than $23 million in cap space, fourth in the league, after entering free agency with minimal space available.
“You have to be able to handle it the right way,” Reid said. “If you pay all your money to 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 maybe that you have to get rid of so that you can replenish. It’s attack and defense. I’m not just talking about the offensive side.
In free agency, the team added offensive weapons in wide receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster and running back Ronald Jones and added safety Justin Reid on the defensive end.
The team also signed offensive tackle Geron Christian, defensive back Luq Barcoo, linebacker Elijah Lee and wide receiver Corey Coleman in an effort to add depth on both sides of the ball.
In the Hill trade, the Chiefs acquired a 2022 first-rounder, 2022 second-rounder, 2022 fourth-rounder, 2023 fourth-rounder, and 2023 sixth-rounder from the Miami Dolphins. Hill came to Miami capped at $6.23 million this season, but then goes up to $31.2 million in 2023.
Reid emphasized his faith in quarterback Patrick Mahomes to keep the Chiefs competitive.
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“Obviously Patrick is a big part of that. [idea the team can stay competitive]”, said Reid. “You want to surround him with good players, but it’s a delicate question because we tried to sign Tyreek at a certain cost. After that, you can now 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 in the season, but Brett is rebuilding that stuff where we feel comfortable being able to win on Sunday.”