While many were surprised when Tyreke Hill decided to leave Kansas City in favor of a better Miami contract, former teammate Trey Smith said he fully understands Hill’s motivation behind the move.
“Yes, coaches will do what they think is best for the organization and for the team. And I can’t blame Tyrek, he’s getting paid,” Smith said on Jay-Mart and Ramon radio show through Kansas City Star. “I will never blame a guy for being paid, but he should do what is best for him. I’m really excited to see what he’s doing in Miami and wish him all the best.”
Hill was the jewel in the Chiefs’ receiving corps crown during the first six years of his career, amassing 6,630 receiving yards and 56 receiving touchdowns during that time and becoming quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ favorite target.
But after the 2021 season, Hill and the team were unable to come up with a solution during contract renewal discussions as Hill was looking for a better deal than the bosses were willing to offer him. So Kansas City gave him a trade pass, which sent the 28-year-old receiver to Miami, where the Dolphins granted him a four-year, $120 million extension.
Smith said he fully understands Hill’s reasons for joining the new team if they are willing to pay him what he thinks he’s worth. As many league players have acknowledged over the years in situations like this, football is not only a game, but also a business, and everyone is just trying to do their best to succeed.
While Kansas City will have a big hole to fill in offense with Hill’s departure, the team has already begun rebooting its receiving corps, signing Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdez-Scantling during the offseason. Smith said he has no doubts about the Chiefs’ front office’s ability to find the players needed to keep Kansas City back in the spotlight as one of the league’s top teams, even without their former star receiver.
“I think our front office is doing a fantastic job. I think we have one of the best front offices in the league,” he said. “I think they’ve done a fantastic job in the draft and really rebooted, so we’re ready and set, in a good position this year.”