The Kansas City Chiefs stunned the NFL world when they completed a blockbuster trade with the Miami Dolphins centered around All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill. The Dolphins, who have made it clear that they are committed to quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, just added one of the most explosive playmakers in Hill. Meanwhile, the Chiefs lost one of the key pieces to their offense because they were unable to pay him the lucrative contract he was desiring. While it hurts to lose Hill, Kansas City can take solace in the fact that they were compensated in the form of five draft picks for his services, including a 2022 first-round pick. Both teams clearly made out well in this trade for different reasons. That said, it’s time to release our trade grades for the blockbuster Dolphins-Chiefs Tyreek Hill trade.
The Chiefs are undoubtedly taking a hit here by losing Hill, who made the Pro Bowl in all six seasons he played in Kansas City, though the draft compensation they are getting from the Dolphins is enough to make up for it. The Chiefs already have a first-round selection in this year’s NFL Draft but will now have another from the Dolphins. In a draft class with plenty of speed at the wide receiver spot and a bevy of pass rushing talent, the Chiefs are now set up to immediately fill the void left behind by Hill with a young prospect while also addressing a position of need at edge rusher. The team also has a solid option set to step in in free agent JuJu Smith-Schuster. Of course, it needs to be said. The Chiefs lose points here simply for not paying one of the best wide receivers in the NFL as much as he was worth. While it’s not entirely Kansas City’s fault that they couldn’t shell out Davante Adams-type money to Hill, it also speaks volumes that things got to the point where a trade not only came into play but proceeded as quickly as it did. The Chiefs will always be contenders with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback. However, it’s never good to lose firepower when each of the other three teams in the division seemingly loaded up on talent this offseason.
The Dolphins had to surrender a Godfather offer for Tyreek Hill, which included five draft picks, a first rounder in this year’s draft and a second rounder in next year’s. That’s an incredible price to pay for a skill position player. However, Hill isn’t just any skill position player. He is a six-time Pro Bowler and an All-Pro wideout who has exceeded 1100 receiving yards in four of six seasons while scoring 56 touchdowns in his career. Hill is a nightmare for defenses to gameplan against due to his game-breaking speed. Miami can now have Hill and Jaylen Waddle play side-by-side, giving Tagovailoa two elite options at the receiver spot to go along with a dependable tight end target in Mike Gesicki. The Dolphins entered this offseason with a clear goal: surround Tagovailoa with talent. After the Hill trade, it’s clear that the franchise knocked this one out of the park, as they now possess perhaps the league’s best receiver and one of its best left tackles. Now, it’s time to find out if Tagovailoa is their franchise guy. He has all the tools he needs.