Miami Dolphins land All-Pro receiver Tyreek Hill in blockbuster trade for five draft picks

Hal Habib
Palm Beach Post

The Dolphins’ spending spree continued Wednesday with the biggest splash yet: Miami acquired All-Pro receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs in a stunning trade, a league source confirmed.

The Dolphins are sending Kansas City five draft picks: their 2022 first-round pick (No. 29), a second-round pick (No. 50) and a fourth-round pick. They're also giving up fourth- and sixth-rounders in 2023.

"Miami I'm coming home," Hill wrote on Twitter. In a statement attached to the tweet, he added, "Today starts a new beginning. I'm very excited to be joining the Miami Dolphins and get to work."

NFL Network reported that the Dolphins are giving Hill a three-year, $75 million contract extension that will keep him under contract through the 2025 season at $23.8 million per year. The network said by "most metrics," Hill will be the league's highest-paid receiver, although overthecap.com's calculations have the Raiders' Davante Adams, averaging $28 million per, as the highest paid.

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Adams played a role in the Chiefs-Dolphins deal. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that negotiations between Hill and the Chiefs on an extension had been progressing until Adams received his new contract. At that point, Hill's stance was "let's talk about new numbers," Rapoport said, and it ended with Hill deciding he preferred the Dolphins over the other interested team, the New York Jets.

Hill is nicknamed “Cheetah” and considered by many to be the fastest player in the NFL.

Receiver Tyreek Hill (right) celebrates a touchdown against the Dolphins in 2020 along with QB Patrick Mahomes.

Dolphins general manager Chris Grier was able to complete the deal despite being in Ohio for the Buckeyes' pro day Wednesday, having traveled there after attending Texas A&M's workout Tuesday. Coincidentally, Grier was at Michigan's pro day last year when he swung a major swap of draft picks with the Eagles and 49ers.

Grier's latest deal comes one day after the Dolphins beefed up their offensive line by locking up Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead with a five-year contract worth a reported $87.5 million with incentives and $43.37 million guaranteed.

Hill was No. 15 on the NFL’s list of top 100 players in 2021 and has been among the top 40 each of the past five seasons.

Hill is a three-time All-Pro receiver who has made the Pro Bowl each of his six seasons in the league.

This past season, he caught 111 passes for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns. He has surpassed 1,100 yards in four of the past five seasons.

"Thank you to the Chiefs organization for believing in me," Hill wrote. "I'll never forget getting the call in 2016 that my dream to play in the NFL was coming true. I worked hard every day to show my appreciation for you taking a chance on me."

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Hill, who turned 28 on March 1, has 479 career receptions for 6,630 yards and 56 touchdowns — numbers that on Miami’s all-time list would rank fourth in all three categories. His career average is 13.8 yards per reception.

Significantly to his new destination, Hill has put up big numbers against his new divisional rivals.

In playoff games against Buffalo the past two years, Hill has nine receptions for 172 yards and 11 receptions for 150 yards and a touchdown.

Against New England, he caught seven passes for 133 yards and one TD in 2017 and seven passes for 142 yards and three TDs in 2018.

And against the New York Jets, Hill caught six passes for 185 yards and two TDs in 2017.

In the Chiefs' two recent Super Bowls, Hill had nine receptions for 105 yards vs. the 49ers and seven catches for 73 yards vs. the Buccaneers.

Suddenly, a Dolphins offense that ranked 25th in yardage and 22nd in scoring last season has been overhauled, adding running backs Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds, receiver Cedrick Wilson and now Hill.

Teams facing the Dolphins will face the dilemma of whether to double-cover Hill or his opposite number, Jaylen Waddle, knowing that creative play-caller Mike McDaniel is now calling the shots for the Dolphins. According to the NFL's Next Gen Stats, Hill has by far the most touches in the league which he hit at least 20 miles per hour since 2016. The NFL calculated that Hill has 45 such touches and the next-best player, the Giants' Saquon Barkley, has only 17. 

Coincidentally, as Waddle joined the Dolphins last year, he frequently heard comparisons to Hill, who is 5-foot-10, 185 pounds to Waddle's 5-10, 182.

“I get a lot of comparisons to Tyreek, just because of my small size and being able to be a runner,” Waddle said. “But I want to be my own player and try to play the game that I play and try to do my own style and not try to emulate someone else’s style. So I think I’m going to try to be the player that I always have and try to make plays for the team, and just try to put the team in position to win.”

Waddle did, finishing the season with an NFL-rookie-record 104 receptions for 1,015 yards and earning the team’s MVP award.

Hill was been involved in two off-the-field incidents that made national headlines.

Hill was not suspended by the NFL in 2019 over a domestic violence case involving his 3-year-old son. Hill's fianceé accused Hill of hurting their son, but investigators could not uncover proof.

Hill also denied injuring his then-pregnant fiancee' in 2015, when he pleaded guilty to a domestic assault and battery charge while attending Oklahoma State. He was dismissed from the school's football and track programs.