NFL exec dubs trade for Tyreek Hill a ‘massive win’: ‘No player has helped their young quarterback more’

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One NFL scouting director believes that the Miami Dolphins’ trade for Tyreek Hill was a “massive win” because of how much the star wideout has helped third-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.

“Massive win for Miami in every way,” the scouting director told ESPN. “He’s always open. No player has helped their young quarterback more than Tyreek has Tua.”

Hill’s elite speed and ability to get open has helped Tagovailoa have his best season in the NFL. So far this season, the star wideout has 87 catches for 1,233 yards. Both of those numbers lead the NFL.

The Dolphins drafted Tagovailoa with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft in hopes that he would become the team’s franchise quarterback. After an up-and-down rookie season, injuries ended up derailing the start of his second NFL season.

The Dolphins narrowly missed the playoffs in each campaign, but the additions of Hill and new head coach Mike McDaniel have sparked the team’s offense in a big way.

Through nine games this season, Tagovailoa has thrown for 2,564 yards (284.9 yards per game), 19 touchdowns and just three interceptions. He also leads the league in several statistics, including yards gained per pass attempt (9.0), yards gained per pass completion (12.9) and net yards gained per pass attempt (8.35).

That’s how important Hill has been to the quarterback’s success this season.

Right now, the Dolphins are atop the AFC East because they hold the tiebreaker over the Buffalo Bills. The team has a chance to earn the No. 1 spot in the AFC if it finishes the season strong and the Kansas City Chiefs, Hill’s former team, stumble down the stretch.

Miami gave up a boatload of draft capital to bring Hill on to the roster, trading away five draft picks, including a 2022 first-round pick, second-round pick and fourth-round pick as well as fourth and sixth-round picks in the 2023 draft.

All of those picks have proven to be worth it because of the team’s improvement this season, and Hill should be in Miami for the long term as well.

Hill signed a massive extension with the Dolphins following the trade that kicks in following the 2022 season. He is now under contract with Miami through the 2026 season, and he should remain a Dolphin unless the team has a reason to trade or cut him over these next several seasons.

The immediate return on the Hill trade has certainly made this season a success, and the Dolphins are surely hoping that this will continue into the future.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.