The Miami Dolphins trading for Tyreek Hill is a massive swing, one that puts severe pressure on the current regime.
The offseason takes no breaks in 2022, as Chiefs star wide receiver Tyreek Hill was granted to opportunity to seek a trade this morning after extension talks stalled. The Miami Dolphins and New York Jets were quick suitors, with the Dolphins ending up securing Hill in a trade. They traded picks 29 and 50 in the 2022 NFL Draft, along with two fourth round selections (one in 2022, one in 2023) and a 2023 sixth round pick for Hill.
The Dolphins quickly signed Hill to a massive deal for four years and $120 million, 72.2 of which is guaranteed at signing. They’ve locked down an incredible Hill-Jaylen Waddle duo at receiver for several years to come.
The overhaul on offense after hiring head coach Mike McDaniel is here. First, it was signing Terron Armstead to a big time deal to secure an extremely good left tackle, and now they trade for the most explosive weapon in the NFL. There are still other needs along the offensive line, but they’ve got Mike Gesicki back, DeVante Parker, and two running backs in Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert to thrive in outside zone running concepts.
The swings are aggressive in free agency, but that’s how it needed to be. The Dolphins are still in a spot where the front office is committing to Tua Tagovailoa, despite the struggles. Everything hasn’t been perfect for him (*cough* offensive line) but he hasn’t elevated when necessary. Armstead and Hill give Tagovailoa an elite blindside protector and another elite speed threat to capitalize on the deep ball, something that hasn’t always been there in Miami.
The chip pushing to the center is something that many will praise, especially acquiring proven talent over boom-or-bust picks in the draft. Everything will be sunshine, until we see the results. It’s a risky move, especially if Tagovailoa can’t elevate his game in year three. If he does, though, the sentiment around Chris Grier and company could change in an instant.