Tyreek Hill officially cleared the air on why contract negotiations fell apart with the Chiefs, leading to his trade to the Dolphins following the 2022 season.
Appearing on the I Am Athlete podcast with former NFL star Brandon Marshall, Hill candidly revealed that he never wanted to leave Kansas City, but was pressured by his agent Drew Rosenhaus to fight for a bigger deal in Miami.
The "number one thing," according to Hill, was to "never" leave the Chiefs.
Tyreek Hill Reveals Why He Was Traded From Chiefs
After a pointed question from Marshall about why the superstar receiver would want to leave Patrick Mahomes' side, Hill opened up publicly about the subject like never before.
"As long as I don't get traded, because we just lost in the AFC Championship," Hill recalled telling Rosenhaus prior to opening negotiations with the Chiefs. "I'm trying (to) get back at the Bengals, bruh."
The revelations don't stop there, as Hill explains that Rosenhaus assured him there would be no trade. Following a call with Brett Veach, however, Rosenhaus first floated the idea of a trade.
That's when things started to unravel. "Drew Rosenhaus, he's going for the jugglar," said Hill. Upon asking his agent how much he deserved in guaranteed money, Hill quotes Rosenhaus as saying, "You deserve at least $70 million."
Hill would ultimately sign a four-year, $120 million deal with over $70 million guaranteed in Miami, so Rosenhaus achieved that goal.
Patrick Mahomes & Andy Reid Tried to Save Tyreek Hill's Contract Negotiations With Chiefs
When it became clear there was a disconnect between the two sides in the negotiation, Hill remembers that Patrick Mahomes was the first person to call him.
"'Reek, we're going to take care of you, bro,'" Hill remembers Mahomes telling him before Andy Reid would call soon after.
Reid echoed Mahomes' sentiments, though Hill notes Reid did mention the organization wanted a team-friendly deal. "I'm cool with that," said Hill, saying he was okay with $24-25 million per year provided the guaranteed money was acceptable.
With the Chiefs set to face Hill for the first time since the blockbuster trade, it's fair to wonder what may have become of the Mahomes/Hill/Kelce trio had the former fifth-round pick agreed to an extension.
We'll see who comes out on top in Week 9, but the Chiefs won the Super Bowl and Hill is now on pace to shatter the NFL's single-season receiving yard record, so both sides prospered nonetheless.
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