In the first episode of his podcast, “’It Needed To Be Said’ with Tyreek Hill”, the new Dolphins star receiver and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, explained that the Kansas City Chiefs’ unwillingness to pay what they believed Hill was worth, combined with a 2021 where they believe he was underutilized, were prime reasons why he ended up in Miami in March.
The podcast, released on Thursday, started its Chiefs discussion by talking about the contract-value disagreement Rosenhaus had with the team who has won the AFC twice in the past three seasons and the Super Bowl once in that span .
“We were really far apart in the numbers,” Rosenhaus said. “We felt strongly that Tireek was the best receiver in football and he deserved to get paid that way. They were very complimentary of Tireek, but they were not prepared to make him the highest-paid receiver in football.”
Hill, who did have a career-best 9.4 targets per game in 2021 (159 in 17 games), pointed at the second game of the season in Baltimore, a 36-35 Chiefs loss, as a point of contention regarding his usage.
“Baltimore Ravens. I had three catches for 14 yards. Crazy, right? … Week 1, I went for 189? And we won the game? Come on, man,” Hill said. “I just don’t get it. If teams are gonna give us favorable one-on-one matches against their best corner, I don’t see why teams don’t utilize their best receiver. And that’s where probably like me and the Chiefs fell apart right there.”
In an effort to allay concerns regarding him having a reduced impact on games in Miami with Tua Tagovailoa, a quarterback considered by most as far inferior to Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, Hill brought up a former Dolphins passer: “I just want people to understand that I went for 150 with Matt Moore as my quarterback. I love you, Matt Moore! Versus the Minnesota Vikings. If you don’t remember that game, 150 and one touchdown with Matt Moore as my quarterback. And Tua T. is 10 Matt Moores!”
When asked to compare Tagovailoa and Mahomes, Hill said, “Obviously, I’m going to go with 1-5 [Mahomes] as the strongest arm. As far as accuracy-wise, I’m going to go with Tua all day.”
Hill also said that the Chiefs were resistant to him missing time to travel to see his grandfather in Georgia during a battle with prostate cancer.
On March 23, the Chiefs traded Hill to the Dolphins in exchange for five draft picks (the 29th, 50th and 121st selections in 2022 and a fourth-rounder and sixth-rounder in the 2023 draft).
The Dolphins then signed Hill to a four-year extension with a whopping $52.535 million fully guaranteed at signing, with another $19.665 million fully guaranteed by March.