Thursday, January 26, 2023

The decision to trade Hill paid off with the Chiefs

Kansas City, Mo. ( Associated Press) – The decision facing Kansas City Chiefs general manager Brett Veitch at the end of last season was baffling and complicated.

Sign or trade receiver Tyreek Hill for the long term.

two options. Two opposing ways to chart the franchise’s future.

Veitch thought about it for six weeks, knowing that fans wanted the dynamic point guard to remain on the team, but that it would affect a salary-cap-challenged team for years to come.

In late March, Veitch spoke by phone with his Dolphins counterpart Chris Grier and they reached a deal: Hill was going to Miami for a package of five draft picks – which the Chiefs would use to bolster their roster – and financial flexibility. ,

“We took a step back and decided, ‘How are we going to make things better on both sides?’ And so we decided it was the best thing for us and the best thing for Tyreek,” Veitch said at the time. “It was the best scenario for both of us.”

That expression may be diminished.

Hill finally used the draft capital and financial freedom to replenish the roster, which will face Cincinnati for its fifth straight AFC title game on Sunday.

The Chiefs used Miami’s first-round pick — following a trade with New England — on Trent McDuffie, whose statistics are the best for a rookie cornerback this season. The second-round pick – after another trade with the Patriots – went to receiver Skye Moore, who has been a versatile addition to the offense.

Equally important was the use of the money the Chiefs offered Hill on other players: they signed receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, brought in safety Justin Reed, added veteran Carlos Dunlap, and still had some left overs. Was.

Coach Andy Reid said, “Brett does as well as anyone finds he fits on offense, defense and special teams and brings them in.” “The coaching staff is absolutely confident.”

It’s easy to believe in seeing results.

Hill had a breakout season with the Dolphins, completing a career-high 119 passes for 1,710 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith-Schuster finished with 78 catches for 933 yards and three touchdowns, supplying Kansas City with 55% of Hill’s production at a cost of 14%.

Ten months later, it’s hard to argue that Weitch didn’t make the right decision at Trading Hill.

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