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Chiefs agree to trade star wide receiver Tyreek Hill to Dolphins

Tyreek Hill is headed from Kansas City to Miami. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) (Jonthan Newton/The Washington Post)

The blockbuster NFL trades keep coming. Speedy wide receiver Tyreek Hill became the latest star player involved in an attention-grabbing deal when the Kansas City Chiefs agreed Wednesday to trade him to the Miami Dolphins for five draft choices.

The trade package for Hill, a six-time Pro Bowl selection for the Chiefs, includes first- and second-round picks. The Dolphins also are sending a pair of fourth-rounders and a sixth-rounder to Kansas City. The teams confirmed the trade Wednesday afternoon, with the Dolphins saying the deal was pending a physical.

“Today starts a new beginning,” Hill said in a statement posted on social media. “I’m very excited to be joining the Miami Dolphins and get to work, however it’s hard thinking about the memories, people and fans that made my time in Kansas City so great.”

Hill, 28, will receive a four-year, $120 million contract extension from the Dolphins as part of the trade, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed. Hill will make $75 million over the first three years of the deal. The contract was negotiated by Rosenhaus after the Chiefs gave Hill’s representatives permission to seek a trade.

“He’s a special player, one of the best in franchise history,” Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said in a statement. “He’s been a large part of our success, including our Super Bowl championship run. This decision was incredibly difficult, but we felt it was a necessary move in the best interest of the team, and also for Tyreek. We wish him the best as he continues his career.”

The New York Jets also were involved in the bidding on a trade. The Chiefs began fielding trade offers for Hill after their negotiations with him on a new contract broke down. Hill had been about to enter the final season of a three-year, $54 million deal with the Chiefs.

He becomes the latest standout NFL player to be traded in recent weeks, following quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Deshaun Watson, Matt Ryan and Carson Wentz; fellow wide receivers Davante Adams and Amari Cooper; and pass rusher Khalil Mack. Trades of prominent quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo could be still to come.

The trade of Adams, a five-time Pro Bowl pick, from the Green Bay Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders last week may have provided guidance for the Hill deal. The Raiders sent first- and second-round draft picks to the Packers for Adams. He received a five-year, $141.25 million contract from the Raiders.

Hill spent six seasons with the Chiefs and topped 1,100 receiving yards in four of them. He finishes his Chiefs tenure with 479 catches for 6,630 yards and 56 touchdowns. He had 111 catches, a career best, for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns last season.

He and tight end Travis Kelce have been the mainstay pass-catchers for quarterback Patrick Mahomes as the Chiefs have reached the past four AFC championship games. They’ve made two Super Bowl appearances and secured one Lombardi Trophy during that run of success. They lost last season’s AFC championship game to the Cincinnati Bengals in overtime.

Now they are left to retool around Mahomes. The Chiefs previously signed wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, formerly of the Pittsburgh Steelers, in free agency.

“I am happy for Tyreek, he has grown as a man and player here in Kansas City,” Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said in a statement. “Myself, my staff and our organization appreciate all he did for our team. This move will also benefit the Chiefs, we now have [salary] cap space and additional draft picks to grow as a football team. I wish him well as he moves forward.”

Hill goes to Miami as the Dolphins regroup around their new coach, former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel. He was hired after the Dolphins fired Brian Flores following a second straight winning season that failed to get them into the AFC playoffs. Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL and its teams — specifically citing the Dolphins, Denver Broncos and New York Giants — alleging racial discrimination.

Flores, now an assistant coach with the Steelers, also accused Dolphins owner Stephen Ross of offering him $100,000 per loss during the 2019 season in a failed bid to secure the top selection in the 2020 draft. Ross and the Dolphins have denied the allegations. The NFL has said it will investigate.

The Dolphins are tying their on-field fortunes to the ability of McDaniel to get the best out of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is entering his third NFL season. They have given McDaniel and Tagovailoa more help with the additions of Hill and offensive tackle Terron Armstead, who signed this week as a free agent. Hill joins Dolphins wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, who had 104 catches for 1,015 yards and six touchdowns last season as a rookie.

The NFL did not suspend Hill in 2019 after an investigation into a report of alleged battery at Hill’s home and the public release of an audio recording in which Hill told the mother of his young son that she needed to be “terrified” of him. The league said it could not conclude that Hill violated the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

The Johnson County, Kan., district attorney’s office did not file charges against Hill or the child’s mother after Hill’s son reportedly suffered a broken arm and was taken to a hospital, saying it believed that a crime occurred but it could not determine who was responsible for the injuries. Hill’s attorneys said at the time that he had not committed any crime and he had cooperated with law enforcement.

Hill was dismissed from the football team at Oklahoma State after being arrested in a domestic violence case. He pleaded guilty in 2015 to domestic assault and battery by strangulation and was given three years’ probation, after which the conviction was dismissed. He was accused at the time of punching and choking his pregnant girlfriend.

The Chiefs chose Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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