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Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill has full confidence in Tua Tagovailoa but believes the quarterback is entering a critical season.

Hill was direct when addressing the heightened expectations surrounding the signal-caller ahead of his third year.

“You know, in the NFL, they only give you two-to-three years to be a successful quarterback, especially if you’re a first-round draft pick,” Hill said on his “It Needed To Be Said” podcast. “If you don’t succeed after those years, it’s, ‘Kick rocks, man.'”

Hill added, “It’s basically his last year to show people what he’s got.”

Tagovailoa led the Dolphins to a 13-8 record through two seasons. He passed for 2,653 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 2021.

The 24-year-old has been scrutinized for his arm strength. He’s averaging 6.6 yards per attempt and 194.2 yards gained per game.

However, Tagovailoa’s pass-catchers continue to come to his defense. Hill is confident that detractors will have to apologize when they see what the young passer can do.

“There’s gonna be a lot of people taking their words back,” Hill said.

“I’m going to be happier when everybody else gets to see what I already know,” added Dolphins wideout Jaylen Waddle.

Hill also pointed out the similarities between the Kansas City Chiefs’ 2019 roster and the Dolphins’ current group. He noted both teams share common traits of being “explosive” and “dynamic” on offense.

The Dolphins are set to usher in a new era under head coach Mike McDaniel. The AFC East club made several significant roster additions, including trading for Hill and signing veterans Terron ArmsteadConnor Williams, and Raheem Mostert.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Tyreek Hill have been criticized for a perceived lack of on-field chemistry this offseason, but the two stars don’t think it will be an issue when the season begins.

Hill and Tagovailoa joked about their chemistry on the latest episode of the wideout’s “It Needed To Be Said” podcast, citing the NBA’s dynastic 1990s Chicago Bulls.

“(Dolphins fans) should expect a Dennis Rodman and a Carmen Electra connection,” Hill said, jokingly referring to the nine-day marriage between the former player and model.

Tagovailoa then suggested he be Michael Jordan instead.

“I’ve been underthrowing him so many times that he’s got people talking about how I can’t throw the deep ball,” Tagovailoa jokingly added, in reference to a viral video of him underthrowing Hill at practice.

Hill has no doubt that he’ll soon be on the same page as his quarterback.

“It’s all good,” he said. “I just feel that our chemistry will get there. Look, it’s going to be about 2 a.m. one night and you’re gonna wake up and walk in your kitchen and I’m going to be washing your dishes. That’s how good our chemistry is going to be.”

The Dolphins acquired Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs this year in a blockbuster trade and then signed him to a record five-year deal that will pay the pass-catcher $30 million annually. Hill, who’s earned a Pro Bowl nod in every season since entering the NFL in 2016, racked up 198 receptions for 2,515 yards and 24 touchdowns over the last two campaigns.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill said that he received death threats after he said that his new quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa, was a more accurate passer than his former teammate Patrick Mahomes.

“I got death threats,” Hill said on the latest episode of his “It Needed To Be Said” podcast. “Every social media account I own, I got death threats on.”

Hill said the observation wasn’t meant as a slight toward Mahomes but was intended to build up Tagovailoa.

On the first episode of Hill’s podcast, he said he’d been frustrated with the Chiefs. Mahomes later said he was “surprised a little” by Hill’s comments about the team, but the former MVP didn’t take issue with the comparison to Tagovailoa.

“We all know Patrick Mahomes is great,” Hill said. “We know that. But right now, I’m going into a new season with a new quarterback who’s trying to head in the same direction as Patrick and do great things and lead this team to a Super Bowl championship – who’s also great, in my opinion.”

Hill spent six seasons with the Chiefs’ key member during their Super Bowl LIV title run. He racked up 479 receptions, 6,630 yards, and 56 touchdowns during his Kansas City tenure.

The Chiefs traded Hill to the Dolphins in a blockbuster deal that came with a four-year, $120-million contract extension, making him the highest-paid wideout in the league.

The three-time All-Pro said the trade to Miami was difficult because he enjoyed his time with the Chiefs. “It’s tough leaving a situation like we had in Kansas City,” he said.

Hill called Mahomes arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the league and rated the pair as one of the top-15 QB-WR connections of all time. He also said he views Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and head coach Andy Reid as among the best at their respective positions.

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Thursday that he was “surprised a little” when former teammate Tyreek Hill aired his frustrations about his time in Kansas City.

Hill said the Chiefs failed to utilize him enough and weren’t willing to negotiate near the $25 million-$26 million annual figure that he was looking for in an extension. The Miami Dolphins wide receiver made the comments on the first episode of his new podcast, “It Needed To Be Said,” which was released last Friday.

“We loved Tyreek here, we’ve always loved him, we still love him,” said Mahomes.

He added: “I’m sure it had something to do with trying to get his podcast some stuff and get it rolling. But definitely, I still love Tyreek, he’s a one-of-a-kind player. But as you know in coach (Andy) Reid’s offense, it takes the whole team. … It’s an offense that’s more than one player, and that includes myself.”

Mahomes said he hasn’t spoken to Hill since the podcast came out, but noted that they ran into each other at the Formula 1 Miami Grand Prix in May.

Hill had a career-high 111 receptions for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021.

However, his workload declined as the season went on. After seeing 11.1 targets per game across the first 11 games, his average dropped to 7.2 targets per game for the final nine matchups (including playoffs).

Hill also asserted that Tua Tagovailoa, his new quarterback with the Dolphins, had better accuracy than Mahomes. The former MVP said he didn’t care about the perception of him as a gunslinger.

“It doesn’t get to me at all,” said Mahomes. “As long as we’re winning football games and we’re putting up points, I think I’m doing my job the right way.”

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill opened up about the circumstances that led to his trade from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins.

“There was a lot of times during the year that we felt that Tyreek was underutilized and wasn’t fully appreciated and that they really weren’t taking full advantage of all his ability and talent,” Hill’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said on his client’s “It Needed To Be Said” podcast.

Hill pointed out that inconsistency with targets throughout the season was among multiple factors that contributed to his departure from Kansas City.

“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,” Hill said.

“Tyreek wanted to be there,” Rosenhaus added. “Tyreek wanted to be in Kansas City. We tried to do an extension with them.”

The former fifth-round receiver says he was willing to return to the Chiefs on a deal that averaged $25 million to $26 million in annual salary, but the Chiefs weren’t willing to negotiate near those numbers.

Hill, a three-time All-Pro, racked up a career-high 111 receptions with 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021. After the season, Hill informed the team that he would like to remain with the franchise. However, the club was “millions of dollars short” when it came to offering guaranteed money, according to Rosenhaus.

Hill was ultimately dealt to Miami in exchange for five draft picks, including a 2022 first-round selection. The six-time Pro Bowl wideout then signed a four-year, $120-million extension with the Dolphins that included $72.2 million in guarantees.

The Chiefs opted to move on by signing veterans JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to pair with All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce.

Miami, meanwhile, added a versatile weapon in Hill to its passing attack that features Jaylen Waddle and Cedrick Wilson. Hill also offered high praise for his new quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, saying he’s more accurate than former teammate Patrick Mahomes.

“Obviously, like I’m gonna go with 15 (Mahomes) as the strongest arm, but as far as accuracy-wise, I’m going with Tua all day.”

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes believes it will take a group effort to replace departed star wide receiver Tyreek Hill this season.

“That’s what you’re going to see with this offense this year,” Mahomes said Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adam Teicher. “It’s going to be everybody. It’s not all going to be one guy. Obviously (tight end Travis Kelce) is still going to get a lot of completions, a lot of yards, but the whole receiving room is going to have big days, and that can be something we use to our advantage.

“It’s a very deep receiving room. It’s hard to tell which guys are going to make it because we’ve got so many good receivers. That’s what you want. You want that competition. You want guys competing every single day to make the roster because they’re going to help us in the end.”

Hill’s trade request after extension talks with the Chiefs stalled was arguably one of the biggest surprises of a drama-filled NFL offseason. The team shipped him to the Miami Dolphins in late March for a package that included a first-round pick.

The 28-year-old speedster led the Chiefs with 111 catches for 1,259 yards and nine touchdowns last season, while no other wideout on the team exceeded 700 yards.

Kansas City aggressively worked to rebuild its receiver group, with free agents JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling signing one- and three-year deals, respectively.

The reigning AFC West champions also drafted Skyy Moore in the second round and added former Clemson star Justyn Ross as an undrafted free agent. Ross was viewed as a possible first-round selection before being diagnosed with a congenital spinal condition and missing the entire 2020 season.

Mahomes got to grips with his new weapons during workouts he organized in Texas.

“I think we got some chemistry in … working out with them, throwing with them, we’d go to lunch, we’d go to dinner, stuff like that,” Mahomes said. “You kind of build chemistry.

“I think it’s translated. So far in the practices, we feel like we’re on the same page … and we’re going to keep building on that.”

New Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill doesn’t think the criticism quarterback Tua Tagovailoa has received for his arm strength is fair.

“Tua actually has one of the prettiest balls I’ve ever caught … in my life,” Hill said Tuesday, according to Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network. “Tua is a very accurate QB.”

The 28-year-old added: “I’m very confident in my QB … The sky is the limit for that guy. Heck of a talent. Has crazy arm strength, arm talent.”

Hill, arguably the NFL’s top big-play weapon, joined Miami this offseason in a trade from the Kansas City Chiefs after catching passes from Patrick Mahomes over the last four seasons. The six-time Pro Bowl wideout will now team up with Tagovailoa, who has struggled with deep throws since entering the league.

Tagovailoa averaged just 7 air yards per pass attempt last season, the third-fewest among starting quarterbacks, according to Next Gen Stats.

The 24-year-old also recorded just 2.3 attempts of at least 20 air yards per game in 13 appearances in 2021.

This isn’t the first time Hill has come to Tagovailoa’s defense; he recently posted a video of several solid throws by the quarterback after the Dolphins tweeted footage of Tagovailoa underthrowing him at practice earlier in May.

Tagovailoa has appeared in only 23 games since Miami drafted him fifth overall in 2020. The Alabama product completed 67.8% of his passes for 2,653 yards and 16 touchdowns against 10 interceptions in 2021.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid doesn’t plan to make major changes to his offensive system despite losing superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

“I don’t think it’ll be significantly different,” Reid said of his offense Monday, according to The Athletic’s Nate Taylor.

“It will be similar to the games that Tyreek couldn’t play in. We will have people try to fill in those spots, we won’t force anything, we will play to the players’ strengths, we will see what the new guys can do,” he added, according to WIBW’s Jake Lebahn.

The Chiefs traded Hill to the Miami Dolphins this offseason in a stunning move following a contract dispute. Reid also said Monday that Kansas City’s front office “kept it wide open” with tight end Travis Kelce and quarterback Patrick Mahomes about the trade, KSHB’s Aaron Ladd reports.

“In this day and age, unfortunately, you can’t pay everybody,” Reid said. “That’s just the way it goes. Along the way you’re going to lose a guy or two.”

The Chiefs rebuilt their receiving corps this year, adding free agents JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to the mix to start alongside Mecole Hardman.

“We know what Mecole can do, and we have a lot of confidence in what he can do,” Reid said. “Mecole has the speed like a Tyreek had. A different player, but he gives you a nice skill set.”

Reid is also excited about Valdes-Scantling’s addition.

“He’s a big target, run the slant game, deep throws. … Gives us some flexibility there,” he said, according to Fox4 News’ Harold R. Kuntz.

Hill, a six-time Pro Bowler, has been a big part of Kansas City’s high-scoring offense in recent years. The Chiefs, who saw Hill catch a career-high 111 passes for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns in 2021, have ranked in the top 10 in scoring and total yards each year since Mahomes became the starter in 2018.

The Las Vegas Raiders‘ acquisition of Davante Adams not only gave them a legitimate star at receiver, but it also may have cost their biggest division rival its own.

Following Wednesday’s shocking trade of All-Pro wideout Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, Hill’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told “The Joe Rose Show with Zach Krantz” on AM 560 Sports that he and the Kansas City Chiefs had been making progress in extensions talks. However, Rosenhaus said things changed after Adams signed a historic contract immediately upon his move from the Green Bay Packers to the Raiders last week.

“At the end of the season, I started conversations with the Chiefs on a contract extension, and it really was heading in the direction of slowly but surely working out a new deal for Tyreek,” Rosenhaus said. “And then the Davante Adams trade got done, and Adams got a record-setting contract.

“And I immediately reviewed that contract, and I spoke to the Chiefs and had a very positive conversation with them that this should be the market for Tyreek. And if it wasn’t, then the right thing to do would be for everyone to benefit, which would be for the team to have an unprecedented trade and for Tyreek to go to a team that would be willing to make him the highest-paid receiver.”

Adams reportedly signed a five-year, $141.25-million pact to briefly top the wide receiver market at over $28 million per season.

Hill exceeded that mark by nearly $2 million per campaign, agreeing to a four-year, $120-million extension that also contained $72.2 million guaranteed with Miami.

“The bottom line is he was in the last year of his contract,” Rosenhaus added. “We had actually worked out a restructure that the Chiefs wanted a week before. And it really looked like we were going to just continue to work toward a contract extension. … Then the Adams deal really flipped everything upside down.

“The Chiefs, I think they had the foresight to see that Tyreek was in the last year of his contract and we weren’t going to take a deal that wasn’t better than Adams’. So, they recognized that this would probably be their last year with Tyreek, and this was their opportunity to rebuild at that position. And the Dolphins are a team that’s trying to get where the Chiefs are.”

The Dolphins gave up five draft picks to reportedly beat out the New York Jets for Hill, including their first- and second-round selections (No. 29 and No. 50 overall) this year.

Kansas City, meanwhile, will move into a new era after riding arguably the most productive offensive trio in recent memory – Hill, quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and tight end Travis Kelce – to one Super Bowl win and four straight AFC championship appearances.

The Kansas City Chiefs are trading star wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for five draft picks after hitting an impasse in contract talks, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Kansas City will reportedly receive a first-round pick (No. 29 overall), a second-round selection (No. 50 overall), and a fourth-round choice in 2022, plus fourth- and sixth-round picks in 2023.

Hill will sign a four-year, $120-million extension with Miami and get $72.2 million guaranteed, his agent told Schefter.

The Chiefs granted Hill’s agent permission to seek a trade once extension negotiations stalled, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero. The 28-year-old had one year left on his deal for over $18 million. He strove to beat the five-year, $141.25-million contract that Davante Adams signed with the Las Vegas Raiders after his trade from the Green Bay Packers, which contributed to his breakup with the Chiefs, per Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

The Dolphins and New York Jets both vied for Hill after the Chiefs made him available. Kansas City reportedly had trade agreements in place with both clubs and allowed Hill to pick his destination.

Hill served as a centerpiece of the prolific offense in Kansas City. He led the team in receiving in three of the last five seasons, and his unrivaled speed made him the NFL’s most feared vertical threat. Hill caught a career-high 111 passes for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns last season, adapting his game as defenses committed more safety help to the deep portions of the field.

The Chiefs, whose high-flying offense has powered them to six straight division titles and one Super Bowl championship, are left with tight end Travis Kelce and free-agent signee JuJu Smith-Schuster to anchor their receiving corps.

The Dolphins will add Hill to a nucleus that contains dynamic second-year wide receiver Jaylen Waddle and third-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami agreed to a big-money deal with free-agent left tackle Terron Armstead on Tuesday, acquiring another foundational piece for an offense looking to break out under new head coach Mike McDaniel.

The blockbuster trade sends another round of shockwaves through the AFC West, which has seen the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos, and Las Vegas Raiders all bring in star players this offseason to attempt to knock Kansas City from its perch.

The Chiefs are reportedly scheduled to meet with free-agent receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling on Wednesday as they continue to remake their offense.