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Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill: Chiefs ‘Basically Just Threw Me to the Side, Like I Was Trash’

Tyreek Hill (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek
Hill said the Kansas City Chiefs’ decision to trade him is providing
motivation for the 2022 NFL season.

Hill, who signed a four-year, $120
million contract extension after his move to Miami, explained to
Outkick’s Armando Salguero that he’s eager to show the Chiefs made a
mistake.

“And a lot of guys when they get
paid, they stop wanting to get better. And I feel like when the
Kansas City Chiefs traded me, I kind of took that personal,” Hill
said. “So now what really motivates me is I feel like they
basically just threw me to the side, like I was trash or something.”

In March, Chiefs head coach Andy Reid
said a trade was the only realistic option after the sides made no
progress in contract talks.

“We came in aggressive [with an
offer], and after we got to a point, we just said, ‘Listen, in this
day and age you have issues you have to deal with with the cap.’ So
we felt like it was better to allow him to go ahead and be traded,”
Reid told reporters.

Replacing a game-changing player like
Hill is nearly impossible, so Kansas City instead added several receivers to
help fill the massive void. They signed JuJu Smith-Schuster and
Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency and selected Skyy Moore in
the second round of the draft.

That trio will be joined by Mecole
Hardman, Josh Gordon and tight end Travis Kelce in an effort to make
sure the Patrick Mahomes-led offense doesn’t miss a beat.

Meanwhile, Hill is setting expectations
at a sky-high level following his move to Miami.

“For me, man, obviously there are a
lot of areas you can always improve at,” he told Salguero. “But
my main goal this year is help this team any way I can to make it to
the playoffs obviously, and then we’re going to go to the Super
Bowl.”

Hill, a Georgia native, noted he grew
up a “huge fan” of the Dolphins, and there’s nothing he’d enjoy
more than bringing the franchise a championship.

“I want to ride in a parade through
Miami, Hard Rock and Miami Gardens and just feel that energy,” he
said. “That’s what I’m here for.”

Unfortunately, the Chiefs and Dolphins
aren’t scheduled to face off during the regular season. Hill’s return
to face his old team would have been one of the year’s top
storylines.

A playoff matchup is well within reason,
however, and it would be must-see TV.

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