Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill is seemingly still a little hurt by his departure from the Kansas City Chiefs. Hill, who was traded by Kansas City to the Dolphins this offseason, said the team threw him to the side like he was “trash.”
“And a lot of guys when they get paid, they stop wanting to get better,” Hill told OutKick’s Armando Salguero. “And I feel like when the Kansas City Chiefs traded me I kind of took that personal. So now what really motivates me is I feel like they basically just threw me to the side, like I was trash or something.
“I take so much pride in this game and wanting to be the best and wanting to help my team win and have as much success as I can to where I’m not going to let it happen. I’m not going to be another guy who gets the bag and just stops working.”
Kansas City traded Hill after it was unable to come to terms on a long-term contract extension with the star wideout. The Dolphins gave Kansas City a haul to add Hill to their receiving corps, parting ways with five draft picks.
Despite the trade, Hill revealed that he would still be with the Chiefs had the team offered him more money in contract negotiations. While that’s a little unsettling for Dolphins fans, the star receiver has shown a ton of support for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa since coming to Miami.
Adding Hill to the roster should be huge for Miami, as he will command a ton of attention from opposing defenses in the 2022 season. That should make things easier on Tagovailoa and open up more opportunities for Jaylen Waddle and Mike Gesicki on offense.
The Chiefs have done their best to replace Hill this offseason by signing JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling and drafting Skyy Moore in the 2022 NFL Draft. However, none of those players have the talent or resume that Hill does.
Last season, Hill caught 111 passes for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns. He’s cleared 1,000 receiving yards in four of his six NFL seasons and caught 56 touchdown passes in his career.
The Dolphins are hoping he can build upon those numbers and show the Chiefs what they are missing over the next several seasons in Miami.