Tyreek Hill

Dolphins Rumors: OBJ, Chubb, Wilson

The Dolphins’ efforts to bring in another receiver have taken an interesting turn today. According to Josina Anderson of CBS Sports, free agent wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is planning to visit Miami tomorrow. Miami Herald writer Barry Jackson has been reporting on the Dolphins’ interest in the veteran wideout.

The team’s wide receiving corps will continue to be dominated by Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Miami re-signed return specialist Braxton Berrios, and a tweet today from River Cracraft seems to indicate that the team was able to re-sign the depth piece, as well. Over two years with the Dolphins, Cracraft was 18 catches for 223 yards and three touchdowns.

After that, the only available receivers on the roster are Erik Ezukanma, Anthony Schwartz, Braylon Sanders, and Mathew Sexton. The team has inquired with a couple of receivers on the free agent market, and their inquiries into Beckham appear to have resulted in tomorrow’s visit.

Last year with Baltimore, Beckham didn’t quite reach the heights of his early-career success, but he still looked like himself at times as he received for his highest yardage total since 2019. He also found himself taking a backseat in targets to rookie Zay Flowers, so there shouldn’t be much of an issue with losing targets to Hill and Waddle. Tomorrow will determine if Beckham is willing to join the fray in Miami on a reasonable deal.

Here are a few other rumors coming out of South Beach:

  • The Dolphins were able to agree to a restructured deal with pass rusher Bradley Chubb today, per ESPN’s Field Yates. The team converted $13.75MM of Chubb’s 2024 base salary into a signing bonus while adding a void year to the end of his contract. The move frees up $11MM of cap space for a team that may be looking to add a weapon like Beckham in the near future.
  • Running back Jeff Wilson also reportedly agreed to a restructured deal, according to Jackson. Wilson has accepted a pay cut in 2024 from $2.6MM to $1.13MM, helping to lower his cap hit by $1.32MM. In exchange, the team added $400K of guarantees to his deal and made available a $100K workout bonus, a $255K incentive if he is active for every game, and a $550K incentive based on combined rushing and receiving yards and team performance.
  • In addition to the two restructures above, Jackson suggests that Miami could attempt to open up some cap space by signing Hill to a new extension or giving quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a long-term contract.
  • Lastly, Jackson reports that former Seahawks offensive guard Phil Haynes visited Miami on Monday. With veteran guard being listed as an item on the team’s wish list, the Haynes visit makes plenty of sense, though he departed before the two sides could come together on an agreement. Haynes earned the starting right guard job for Seattle last year before suffering a season-ending toe injury after eight games.

Notable 2024 Pro Bowl Incentives

The NFL released the AFC and NFC Pro Bowl rosters last night. While the annual All-Star event has lost some of its luster (and is eyeing a significant revamping in 2024), a Pro Bowl selection is still a significant accomplishment for many players…especially from a financial standpoint.

There were a number of Pro Bowlers whose selections were tied to contract incentives. We’ve collected some of the notable Pro Bowl incentives below:

Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick didn’t have a traditional Pro Bowl incentive, but his selection will still result in more money. Per Corry, Reddick’s 2024 base salary will increase by $500K (from $13.75MM to $14.25MM) thanks to the Pro Bowl selection.

A handful of former first-round picks also boosted the value of their fifth-year options by earning their first Pro Bowl nod (via Brad Spielberger of Pro Football Focus): Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton, Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Ravens offensive lineman Tyler Linderbaum, Lions offensive lineman Penei Sewell, and Seahawks cornerback Devon Witherspoon. Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner and Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain boosted the value of their fifth-round option to the maximum amount with a second Pro Bowl selection.

Beyond incentives, players also get some cash for just participating in the Pro Bowl event. As Jonathan Jones of CBS Sports writes, players on the winning team will earn $88K, while players on the losing team will get $44K. This even applies to Pro Bowl players who can’t participate since they’re playing in the Super Bowl.

NFL Will Not Suspend Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill

For the second time in his career, Tyreek Hill has avoided a suspension in connection with an off-field incident. An NFL review of the Dolphins wide receiver’s conduct at a Florida marina this summer will not produce any punishment, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets.

A video showed Hill slapping a worker at a Miami-era marina, leading to police and NFL investigations. After the Miami-Date State Attorney’s Office declined to hit Hill with a misdemeanor assault charge, the league will follow suit in not taking any action.

This incident does not rival Hill’s two past off-field scandals, which both pertained to domestic violence, but the controversial wide receiver will again avoid a suspension. In 2019, an NFL investigation into alleged Hill child abuse — one limited by a Kansas district attorney’s office — did not bring a suspension for the talented receiver. Hill pleading guilty to punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend in 2014 led to his dismissal from Oklahoma State, but no NFL suspension could commence for that incident due to it having occurred before the eventual fifth-round pick entered the league.

The June marina dustup took place after Hill and an unidentified man were fishing for tarpon from the marina dock, which a Kelley Fishing Fleet employee told police is illegal. After being told to exit the boat, Hill “became enraged” at the boat captain and needed to be restrained by other members of his group. An expletive-laden tirade ensued, with Hill soon identifying himself as “No. 10 from the Miami Dolphins,” telling the boat captain that he could “buy you and the boat.” As Hill walked away, he slapped a 57-year-old Kelley Fishing Fleet employee, who was not the boat captain that drew the receiver’s ire minutes earlier. Hill, 29, had told one of his associates to give the employee $200. The employee declined the offer.

Thursday’s news keeps Hill in the clear ahead of his second season with the Dolphins. The Chiefs traded Hill for a five-asset package, including a 2022 first-round pick, in March of last year. The Dolphins gave the all-time speed merchant a receiver-record extension (four years, $120MM). Hill produced his third first-team All-Pro season as a receiver last year, totaling career-high numbers in receptions (119) and yards (1,710) in his Dolphins debut. Four years remain on Hill’s Miami deal.

Tyreek Hill Marina Incident Reaches Resolution

JULY 26: Hill will not face misdemeanor charges, as the Miami-Date State Attorney’s Office confirmed on Wednesday (via Daniel Oyefusi of the Miami Herald). The NFL’s investigation remains ongoing, though, and Hill indicated that he (like the Dolphins themselves) remains in communication with the league while awaiting to see if discipline is handed down.

JULY 24: Most of the news around the NFL is tied to training camps at the moment, but a different development has taken place on Monday with respect to Tyreek Hill. The Dolphins wideout has seen last month’s incident at a Miami-area marina come to a legal end.

A joint statement from the attorneys representing Hill and the unnamed marina employee he allegedly assaulted reads: “The parties to the incident which occurred on June 18th, 2023 at the Haulover Marina involving Tyreek Hill have resolved their differences” (Twitter link via ESPN’s Adam Schefter).

Hill is alleged to have slapped the employee during a dispute that came about after he and others attempted to board a boat without permission. Hill offered to pay the victim (who was unaware of Hill’s identity at the time) $200, but he declined. A police investigation ensued, with surveillance footage being reviewed and witnesses from the incident interviewed.

The NFL opened its own investigation shortly thereafter, and requested to speak with all members of law enforcement involved in the case. To no surprise, the league has not handed down any supplemental discipline as of yet, with the legal process ongoing until today. It will be interesting to monitor how much of an effect (if any) Monday’s news has on the NFL’s view of the Hill situation.

The 29-year-old’s past could play a role in punishment being handed down. Any missed time would mark a signficant blow for Miami’s offense, since last year’s blockbuster trade acquisition set new career highs in receptions (119) and yards (1,710) in 2022, earning him a seventh Pro Bowl and fourth All-Pro nod. In any event, Hill’s latest legal situation appears to be behind him.

Latest On Investigation Into Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill

4:34pm: The NFL is opening its own investigation, as noted by Andy Slater of Fox 640 (Twitter links). The league is seeking the video which shows the incident, and is also requesting to interview every member of law enforcement involved in the case. Plenty of time likely remains until any decision is made by the NFL with respect to discipline, but their decision to open an independent probe marks a notable development in this unfolding situation.

12:57pm: While briefly rumored to be fading from the radar, latest Tyreek Hill off-field storyline is not going away. More details are coming out about the Dolphins wide receiver committing an alleged assault at a Miami-area marina last week.

The marina employee Hill is believed to have struck is a 57-year-old man, according to Sheldon Fox and Ruben Rosario of WSVN. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office is investigating Hill for misdemeanor battery, Angie DiMichele of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports. Hill, 29, has been accused of slapping the employee during a dispute that came about after the receiver and others attempted to board a boat without permission.

Hill and an unidentified man were fishing for tarpon from the marina dock, which a Kelley Fishing Fleet employee told police (via DiMichele) is illegal. Two women in Hill’s group joined the men on a docked private boat. After being told to exit the boat, Hill “became enraged” at the boat captain and needed to be restrained by other members of his group, DiMichele reports. An expletive-laden tirade ensued, with Hill soon identifying himself as “No. 10 from the Miami Dolphins,” telling the boat captain that he could “buy you and the boat.”

Surveillance video backs up this report, according to the Sun Sentinel, which notes the employee Hill slapped is not the boat captain that initially drew his ire. Hill, whom DiMichele adds was “feeling disrespected,” slapped a Kelley Fishing Fleet employee on the back of the head as he walked by. The alleged victim did not initially know it was a Dolphins player who had hit him, but after the incident, Hill told one of his associates to give the man $200, DiMichele adds. The employee did not accept the money.

The video in question will certainly come into play regarding potential NFL discipline. The employee whom Hill is believed to have slapped ran into an office, as the receiver was being held back by a member of his group, and locked the door. The aforementioned Hill associate later told the accuser the receiver wanted to apologize, leading to the $200 offer. After the employee re-emerged from the office and declined the money, Hill left.

NFL discipline will almost definitely not commence until the State Attorney’s Office’s investigation wraps. No charges are necessary for the league to act, as past suspensions have shown, and Hill’s history could affect potential NFL punishment, Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio notes.

The talented receiver came into the league with ugly baggage, having pleaded guilty to punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend while in college. The 2014 incident led to Hill being booted from the Oklahoma State football and track teams. Hill finished his college career at Division II West Alabama, seeing the arrest lead to a drop into the 2015 fifth round, where the Chiefs selected him. In 2019, an audio tape of Hill threatening the same woman, the mother of his children, produced a child abuse investigation. Limited in part by a lack of cooperation from a Kansas City, Kan., District Attorney’s office, the NFL did not suspend Hill. The Chiefs subsequently signed Hill to a three-year, $54MM extension, one that included protections for the team in the event of more off-field issues.

Hill has become one of this era’s best wide receivers. The Dolphins sent a five-pick package, including a 2022 first-round choice, to the Chiefs for the accomplished speed merchant in March 2022. Miami then made Hill the NFL’s highest-paid receiver, at $30MM per year. Hill totaled career-high numbers in receptions (119) and yardage (1,710) during his first Dolphins season. A suspension would certainly change the complexion of Miami’s offense.

Police Investigation Into Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill Ongoing

JUNE 22: In an update on the situation which contradicts Wednesday night’s, Angie DiMichele of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel notes the police investigation is still ongoing. In addition, the police report indicates the unnamed victim is in fact interested in proceeding with what would be misdemeanor charges. Depending on what additional information is uncovered during the investigation, further developments could take place on this matter. Any NFL discipline will likely only be decided upon after the police investigation has concluded.

JUNE 21, 5:17pm: This investigation wrapped Wednesday, and it does not look like a charge will be filed. Police informed the alleged victim he would need to pursue a criminal charge with the state attorney, per Slater. Hill certainly does not come off looking good, despite potentially avoiding a charge, as Slater adds the second-year Dolphins pass catcher allegedly told the employee, “I can buy you and the boat” (Twitter links).

9:39am: Miami-Dade Police have begun an investigation into Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill, according to Local 10 News’ Ian Margol, who reports Hill allegedly hit a worker at Haulover Marina.

A disagreement with a man working at the marina led to Hill slapping the employee, Fox Sports 640’s Andy Slater tweets. This dustup began when Hill and others attempted to board a boat without permission, per Slater, who adds police are reviewing a video that may show the alleged strike.

Hill shared an Instagram story of a Father’s Day celebration on a boat Sunday. Police were at the marina Tuesday, and Margol indicated the department confirmed an investigation is underway. The Dolphins announced Wednesday morning they are aware of the investigation.

The employee is not believed to want to press charges, per Slater, but the NFL’s personal conduct policy does not require an indictment for a suspension to take place. The Dolphins have Hill signed to a receiver-record four-year, $120MM contract. A suspension would put Hill’s guarantees at stake.

The eighth-year wide receiver has a history of off-field violence connections. He was arrested for reportedly punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend in December 2014. That arrest led to Hill’s dismissal from the Oklahoma State football team and caused him to fall to the fifth round of the 2016 draft. In 2019, audio emerged of Hill threatening the same woman, and an investigation into the then-Chiefs wideout striking his oldest child took place. The investigation did not produce an NFL suspension.

Traded to the Dolphins for a five-asset package including a first-round pick, Hill delivered another All-Pro season in 2022, doing so despite Miami playing without Tua Tagovailoa for a chunk of the slate. The perennial Pro Bowler totaled career-high marks in receptions (119) and receiving yards (1,710) in his first year with the Dolphins.

Dolphins Notes: Draft, Trades, TEs, Hill

With only four picks in this year’s draft (and none in the top 50), the Dolphins have received less attention than many other teams in the build-up to next week’s event. They, like their counterparts, have continued to do their homework on positions of need, however.

That includes taking a look at several tight end options, as detailed by Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The Dolphins have met with Georgia alum Darnell Washington, who has been one of the more popular prospects at the position and is likely to be off the board by the time Miami is on the clock at No. 51. Other options they have looked into include Tucker Kraft (South Dakota State), Sam LaPorta (Iowa), Brenton Strange (Penn State) and Luke Musgrave (Oregon State). The Dolphins are in need of a Mike Gesicki replacement after the veteran had a underwhelming 2022 campaign and departed in free agency.

Another spot which is receiving plenty of attention, per Jackson, is the interior offensive line. Miami has “given serious thought” to drafting a guard, and the position will be a target for undrafted free agents as well. The Dolphins’ o-line faces questions heading into the 2023 season, but Austin Jackson‘s future appears to remain at right tackle. Keeping him at that spot would create the need for at least a depth addition or two along the interior this spring.

Here are some other notes out of South Beach:

  • Given their lack of draft capital, the Dolphins would not represent a strong candidate to trade up. However, a number of teams have called them to discuss the possibility of moving into the first round, as noted (on Twitter) by Outkick’s Armando Salguero. With the Dolphins only owning one third-round pick in 2023 after No. 51, along with one sixth- and seventh-rounder, a package including 2024 picks would be needed for such a scenario to take place. As a result, it remains unlikely at this point that Miami will be involved on Day 1 next week.
  • Part of the reason the team is short on picks, of course, is the price they paid for Tyreek Hill. The four-time All-Pro wideout signed a four-year, $120MM deal upon his arrival in Miami, something which was driven in large part by the changes in the position’s market. As Hill recently acknowledged on a podcast appearance on Sports Radio 810 WHB, the lucrative nature of Christian Kirk‘s Jaguars pact (four years, $72MM) influenced his asking price. “He signed the deal and like he surpassed me, and I’m like, bro, I compete on the field, and I also compete on the business out of this, too,” Hill said. “So, I’m not going to let Christian Kirk have a higher contract than me. I’m just not” (h/t Pro Football Talk’s Charean Williams).
  • Given their situation with only four picks, Miami is in line to be active on the UDFA market following the draft. As Jackson writes, the team could be eyeing a kicker addition to serve as competition during OTAs and training camp. Jason Sanders as been in place as the team’s kicker since being drafted in 2018, and has remained consistent from short and medium range during his tenure. Sanders has gone just 2-for-6 on kicks of 50 or more yards in each of the past two campaigns, however, which could open the door to a strong-legged rookie making an impact in the summer.

Tyreek Hill Plans To Retire After Dolphins Contract Expires

Tyreek Hill does not plan to play beyond his current Dolphins contract. The All-Pro wide receiver, who inked a receiver-record extension with Miami upon being traded last year, said he plans to retire after his current deal expires.

The elite speed merchant’s $30MM-per-year deal runs through the 2026 season, though his guarantees only go through 2024. Hill is heading into his age-29 season.

I’m going for 10, man,” Hill said during an appearance on Kansas City’s Sports Radio 810 (video link). “I’m going to finish out this contract with the Dolphins, man, and then I’m going to call it quits. I want to go into the business side. I want to do so many things in my life, bro.”

Hill playing out his Dolphins contract would complete an 11-year career and take him through his age-32 season. Planning a retirement four years down the road is obviously not the same as a true announcement, and it will be interesting to see if Hill pursues another contract as younger receivers pass him in value. Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase will likely seek to top Hill’s four-year, $120MM Dolphins extension, and Jaylen Waddle‘s contract ask might not be too far off Hill’s $30MM AAV. It should not be expected Hill plays the 2026 season on his current contract. The already-backloaded deal now includes a restructure, which inflated Hill’s 2026 cap number to $56.3MM.

Coming into the league as a fifth-round pick due to a domestic violence arrest that led to his dismissal from Oklahoma State, Hill has crafted a Hall of Fame-caliber career from that late-round draft slot. The former Chiefs draftee now has three first-team All-Pro nods as a receiver (and one as a return man), notching No. 3 with Miami last season. Hill made a major difference for the Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa development, totaling a career-high 1,710 receiving yards and adding seven touchdown receptions in 2022. The Dolphins improved from 24th to seventh in offensive DVOA from 2021-22.

The Dolphins traded five draft choices, including a 2022 first-round pick, to acquire Hill last year. Hill had begun negotiations on a second Chiefs extension last year, but Davante Adams‘ $28MM-per-year Raiders pact led to Hill’s price rising and Kansas City changing course. The Chiefs gave Hill permission to speak with teams, and a Jets-Dolphins faceoff occurred. Hill preferred Miami. The Chiefs did not replace Hill with a comparable wide receiver (few of those exist) but went on to win Super Bowl LVII after bringing in JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency.

Miami has Waddle signed through 2024, but that deal will likely run through 2025 once the team picks up the ascending talent’s fifth-year option. For the foreseeable future, the Dolphins figure to deploy one of the NFL’s premier receiving tandems. But Hill’s comments do not point to him being around too far into Tagovailoa’s prime, should the Dolphins eventually extend their southpaw passer.

Restructure Details: Armstead, Dolphins, Hill, Chubb, Chargers, WRs, Ravens, Pierce, Panthers, Moton, Jets, Cardinals, Eagles, Vikings

Teams have until 3pm CT Wednesday — the start of the 2023 league year — to move under the $224.8MM salary cap. With the legal tampering period beginning at 3pm Monday, teams are working to create cap space for free agency pursuits. Here are the latest maneuvers teams have made on that front:

  • The Dolphins have created more than $43MM in cap space over the past two days, being the runaway leaders on this front this week. They agreed to restructures with Bradley Chubb and Terron Armstead to free up $25MM-plus, per ESPN.com’s Field Yates (Twitter links), but they are also using Tyreek Hill‘s receiver-record contract to create room. Miami created $18MM in space by restructuring Hill’s $30MM-AAV deal, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. Hill was due a $16MM roster bonus; that and most of his 2023 base salary have been shifted into a signing bonus. Chubb’s base salary is now down to $1.1MM in 2023.
  • Rather than trade Keenan Allen to carve out cap space, Chargers GM Tom Telesco firmly opted against that strategy. The Bolts are keeping Allen, and both he and Mike Williams‘ 2024 cap numbers will balloon. The team freed up $14MM-plus in 2023 cap space by restructuring both their $20MM-per-year wide receiver deals, per Yates. While new funds are available for 2023, Williams and Allen are now tied to $32.5MM and $34.7MM cap numbers in 2024 (Twitter links). Neither should be expected to play on those numbers, which will undoubtedly lead to more maneuvers down the road.
  • The Panthers freed up more than $11MM in cap room by restructuring Taylor Moton‘s deal, Joe Person of The Athletic tweets. This marks the second straight year Carolina has adjusted Moton’s contract. A Xavier Woods tweak also added $1.5MM to Carolina’s cap space, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets.
  • Michael Pierce accepted a $2MM pay cut to remain with the Ravens, Pelissero tweets. The move added $2.7MM in funds, Yates tweets. Pierce, who returned to the Ravens in 2022, can earn the money back via incentives. Pierce missed most of last season due to a biceps tear.
  • Pierce’s former team, the Vikings, took the same path with Ross Blacklock. The 2022 trade acquisition accepted a near-$700K slash which he can earn back via incentives, Pelissero adds (on Twitter).
  • D.J. Humphries missed much of the 2022 season, and while the Cardinals have a new regime in place, they are not moving their veteran left tackle. They will use Humphries’ 2022 extension to free up funds, with Pelissero noting (via Twitter) the Cards created $5.3MM in cap space with this restructure. Arizona has moved past $32MM in cap space. More could be coming via a DeAndre Hopkins trade as well.
  • C.J. Uzomah‘s three-year Jets deal became a vehicle for the team to carve out some room. The team freed up $3.6MM in cap space with a recent restructure for the veteran tight end, Pelissero tweets.
  • The Eagles also went to the restructure well Friday, with Yates noting (via Twitter) they are creating $2.5MM in space by adjusting Jake Elliott‘s deal.

JuJu Smith-Schuster Wants To Re-Sign With Chiefs

JuJu Smith-Schuster used this season to show form resembling his early-career version, leading Chiefs wide receivers in yardage by a wide margin. Soon set for a third run as a free agent, the sixth-year veteran has put himself in position to cash in.

The former Steelers second-round pick has signed one-year deals in each of the past two offseasons, but his 933 receiving yards are his most since the 2018 Pro Bowl season. That ’18 campaign alongside Antonio Brown still looks like an outlier (1,426 yards), though Smith-Schuster has been integral to the Chiefs’ post-Tyreek Hill operation. Already collecting millions in incentives, the USC alum can earn another $1MM by playing 50% of the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LVII offensive snaps. With Smith-Schuster no longer on Kansas City’s injury report, that seems likely to happen.

Although Smith-Schuster should have a bigger market compared to his 2021 and ’22 free agency forays, he said (via NFL.com’s Mike Giardi, on Twitter), “Yeah, I want to come back. Of course, man. Look where I’m at? I want to come back to this.”

The Chiefs gave Smith-Schuster a one-year deal worth $3.76MM. This came after the Steelers re-signed him for one year and $8MM in 2021. This year’s unremarkable free agent wide receiver contingent will benefit Smith-Schuster, who is still just 26. He joins the likes of Jakobi Meyers, DJ Chark, Allen Lazard, Parris Campbell and teammate Mecole Hardman as the top young wideouts available. Odell Beckham Jr. will resurface, but the 30-year-old’s injury past will complicate his market — as it did this year.

Smith-Schuster stands to be one of the top pass catchers available come March, unless he re-signs with the Chiefs before the market opens. Spotrac pegs his value at north of $14MM per year; that could complicate a path back to Missouri. The Chiefs will likely look to retain their nominal No. 1 wide receiver, with Hardman a free agent-to-be and Kadarius Toney (signed through 2024) not shaking the injury-prone label that helped lead the Giants to trade him. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, however, is under Chiefs control beyond this season.

When the Chiefs signed Smith-Schuster, they still had Hill on their roster. But the eventual AFC champions may have been in the initial stages of moving on from their unparalleled deep threat. Smith-Schuster’s low-cost pact came hours after the Raiders transformed the receiver market with their Davante Adams trade.

It was crazy. I was hoping Tyreek and Travis [Kelce] were going to be our guys,” Smith-Schuster said, via the New York Post’s Ryan Dunleavy. “Come to find out the changes and we’re still here [in the Super Bowl]. I don’t think it was ever about me filling shoes. It was, now I have more opportunities to make plays for this team.”

The Chiefs may have advanced to the Super Bowl without Hill, but the new Dolphin totaled a career-high 1,710 yards this season. Kansas City’s deep-passing numbers also dropped, with Next Gen Stats charting Patrick Mahomes throwing deep on just 8.2% of his attempts — a career-low figure. That marked a steep drop from his first MVP season (15.2%); that number also stood at 10% in 2021, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe notes.

We had hoped to bring him back; it was our goal initially to bring him back. But the receiver market really shifted this offseason,” Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said (via Volin) of Hill, whom the team traded March 23. “It was something that nobody wanted to see happen, but it was the right decision. And then [GM Brett Veach] did a fantastic job with the draft capital that he received in bringing in new players, mostly on the defensive side.”

The Chiefs had begun Hill extension talks in early March; his previous deal ran through 2022. But Hill confirmed his price point changed after Adams’ $28MM-per-year deal surfaced. Hill said it would not have taken $30MM per year for him to stay in Kansas City, but the Chiefs moved on anyway. Veach addressed the franchise’s roster-building shift compared to Mahomes’ rookie-contract years. It will be interesting to see how high Kansas City will go to retain Smith-Schuster, who will have a tough decision to make in the coming weeks.