Tim Benz: What the Tyreek Hill trade means for him, the Dolphins, the Chiefs and even the Steelers
The Dolphins will also give Hill a four-year, $120 million extension, with $72.2 million guaranteed ($52.535 million at signing). The trade makes Hill the highest-paid wide receiver in NFL history.
It is good. He’s not that good.
Hill and the Chiefs were engaged in contract talks, but according to ProFootballTalk.com, those conversations hit a wall when the Raiders gave former Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams a fully guaranteed $65.67 million. Seeing these numbers, Hill wanted to surpass them. And the Chiefs didn’t want it. Thus, a trade in Miami was consummated.
In my opinion, I’m not crazy about this trade to the Chiefs, Dolphins or Hill.
It’s not good for Kansas City because, for as many picks as the Chiefs got, they’re still parting ways with one of the league’s most dynamic pass catchers in a year the franchise is still on. a Super Bowl contender and quarterback Patrick Mahomes. is at its peak.
I mean, they don’t think JuJu Smith-Schuster, Mecole Hardman or Josh Gordon is the answer as the No. 1 receiver, do they? Mahomes makes people better. But that’s ridiculous.
For the Dolphins, getting Hill is awesome. But with Tua Tagovailoa under center, do they have the kind of quarterback to take advantage of Hill’s skills? That’s to say nothing of how much salary cap space they’ll spend on Hill and how many picks they’ve given up.
And for Hill, I’m sure he’s happy with the money. But he can’t be satisfied that he’s now catching passes from Tagovailoa instead of Mahomes, or that he’s leaving an eternal Super Bowl contender for a Dolphins team that hasn’t won a playoff game since 2000. .
Although it’s Miami rather than Kansas City. I would take that trade too. So I guess Hill stands out on that front.
From the Steelers’ perspective, that makes me wonder how inflated the market is now for Dionte Johnson. There is a belief that the Steelers want to extend the fourth year before he starts the final year of his rookie contract.
He’s not Adams or Hill. But he was a Pro Bowl substitute. And the receiver market isn’t just inflated between these two All-Pros as comps.
Look at Christian Kirk’s contract from Jacksonville. He will receive $18 million a year for four years. Johnson has comfortably edged Kirk in yards, catches, first downs and touchdowns in 2021.
Considering what Johnson could order and knowing his propensity for dips and fading late in the seasons, I don’t think he would be worth that kind of money.
Johnson has never exceeded 76 yards in his last six games of 21, including the playoff game at Kansas City, averaging just 46.8 yards per game over that streak. Johnson also only exceeded that total once in his final six regular season games of 2020 before going for 117 yards in the playoff loss to the Cleveland Browns.
The Steelers could play Johnson all year and franchise him after 2022. But forget all that for now. With Adams, Hill, Tee Higgins, Ja’Marr Chase, Stefon Diggs, Amari Cooper, Mike Williams, Keenan Allen and Jaylen Waddle all in the AFC, the Steelers have none other than Chase Claypool as a complementary threat for Johnson. .
With Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Ray-Ray McCloud all leaving via free agency, the wide receiver went from a deep position to an area of weakness extremely fast.
Johnson may be overpriced, Claypool underperformed and the rest of the position group is thin. No offense to rising Pittsburgh folk hero and comeback specialist Gunner Olszewski, but he can’t enter 2021 as the franchise’s third-best option at receiver.
Despite every other need on this list, the Steelers need to strike a deal for a veteran passer themselves in free agency or through trade. Or they must draft a rookie no later than the end of day two.
Odell Beckham Jr. is recovering from his knee injury during the Super Bowl? Jarvis Landry could return to Cleveland. Sammy Watkins, Julio Jones, AJ Green? They are probably washed. Marquez Valdes-Scantling is marginal, and that was with Aaron Rodgers.
But it must be someone. Maybe a high draft pick is the way to go.
Or maybe Pitt’s Kenny Pickett is so good he can throw the ball to himself and catch it too. Pitt fans would have us believe it.
Unless his hands are too small to grab an NFL ball and throw it.