The Miami Dolphins have traded for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, devastating Jets fans hopes acquiring the superstar pass-catcher.
The Jets were in “serious talks” to trade for Hill, according to numerous news outlets, though his preference was reportedly to land in Miami. The Dolphins gave up a bevy of draft picks to Kansas City, including a first-round selection in next month’s NFL draft.
Chiefs are trading six-time Pro-Bowl WR Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for five draft picks: a 2022 1st-round pick (No. 29), a 2nd-round pick (No. 50) and a 4th-round pick, as well as 4th- and 6th-round picks in the 2023 draft, sources tell ESPN.
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Hill would have been an immediate upgrade for Gang Green, as their offense last season was forgettably mediocre.
Second-year quarterback Zach Wilson, who the Jets picked #2 overall in the 2021 Draft, played 13 games last season, and boasted the lowest completion percentage of any eligible NFL passer. The 22-year-old also recorded a mediocre 179.5 yards-per-game, while throwing 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.
The roster also lacks an elite pass catcher, with Elijah Moore and Corey Davis currently heading up the receiving core.
Adding Hill in a potential trade would have given Wilson a dominant receiving threat — as the 28-year-old secured 111 receptions last year, which was the third highest in the NFL. Hill has been selected to six Pro Bowls.
Now, Hill will look to receive a new contract, which will likely make him among the highest paid players at the position. Newly-sign Las Vegas Raider inked a deal with his team for 5 years and $140 million — and Hill will likely seek to match, or surpass, that number.
The team would have also have to accept Hills’ off-the-field problems, including a domestic violence incident in 2014 when he assaulted his then-pregnant girlfriend. He pleaded guilty to domestic assault and battery by strangulation. He was also questioned by authorities in 2019 for child abuse allegations, but did not face any charges.
As things stand currently, the Jets have a measly +2000 odds of winning the AFC East on FanDuel Sportsbook, which places the team as the least-likely to emerge with the division crown.
This story has been updated to reflect the finalization of the trade between the Chiefs and Dolphins.