On The One Year Anniversary Of The Tyreek Hill Trade, Let’s Remember The Lesson It Taught Us

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Almost exactly one year ago the Chiefs traded Tyreek Hill to the Dolphins. Many people were in a panic at the time,but since the Chiefs won the Super Bowl anyway they have taken the time to note how happy they are to be wrong.

At the time I was one of the few who liked the trade. While I didn’t like losing a player like Hill, I knew in net the Chiefs would likely be better off. Nowadays it’s nice to see vindication for my way of thinking.

In football, while it’s nice to have star players, it is just as important (or maybe more so) to not be forced to give hundreds of snaps to bad players. And lots of players get significant snaps throughout the season. In 2022 the Chiefs saw 19 players on offense and 20 players on defense get at least 100 snaps.

If you invest all of your cap space into a couple star players, you will be forced to put lesser players on the field next to them. How much does having a Chris Jones on defense matter if opposing quarterbacks can simply target a Mike Hughes on the over 500 snaps he played in 2021?

So with the anniversary of this bold trade, one that will surely go down in NFL history, let’s remember that having a star player isn’t the end-all be-all of team building (unless that player is named Patrick Mahomes).

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Tyrone
03/24/2023 3:56 pm

Let’s see what I thought about it at the time

Tyrone
Reply to  Tyrone
03/24/2023 4:11 pm

https://arrowheadguys.com/breaking-news-chiefs-give-tyreek-hill-permission-to-seek-trade/

My initial taek:

Tyrone
03/23/2022 3:48 pm
Sad. It’s always sad when a player unwanted to see play their whole career for the Chiefs and possibly become a hall of famer for the one team, go.

But I would have been sick if we gave a WR 120 million over 4 years.

Lots of picks. I wish the first was a little higher, or some of the others were a little higher, but maybe that’s greedy.

Need to make the most of these picks now. More Creeds, fewer Clydes.

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rip58
Reply to  Tyrone
03/24/2023 4:28 pm

Hahaha, oh no you didn’t….. that’s awesome

Tyrone
Reply to  Tyrone
03/24/2023 4:12 pm

ArrowFan
ArrowFan
03/23/2022 5:42 pm
Don’t forget about the all illusive and highly coveted cap space this trade cleared up. I also fully suspect that many of the high $$ contracts signed in the last week will not be fulfilled. Reek will be back on the market in two years. We will all be talking about how we took Miami to the cleaners with this one as we win the SB in 2023 and 2024.

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Tyrone
Reply to  Tyrone
03/24/2023 4:13 pm

Da Gawd

upamtn
Reply to  Tyrone
03/24/2023 6:34 pm

my 2 cents back then … do I get a cookie? Kettle Corn, maybe?

3rdnlong

03/23/2022 10:28 pm
Over the shock. Thinking now we should have cut or traded Clark and paid Tyreek instead. Would much rather have Tyreek than Clark.

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upamtn

Reply to 3rdnlong

03/23/2022 10:36 pm
would rather have the Hill deal AND made Clark a June 1 cut and save that much more in Cap Space Hell (and would have allowed him to seek out a trade with the understanding that he WOULD be cut June 1st for maximum cap savings, so any trade would have to factor that in)

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3rdnlong

Reply to upamtn

03/23/2022 10:45 pm
I guess. It’s the end of an era, no doubt. Wondering what defensive changes we’re going to face next year because Tyreek will be gone.
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upamtn

Reply to 3rdnlong

03/23/2022 10:49 pm
that’s the beauty of it all … the uncertainty of what the other team will do, and what our own team will do … that’s why they play the games
and yet, it’s still The Mahomes Era, so there’s that (and Reid Era and Veach Era)

NovaChiefs
03/24/2023 2:07 pm

I feel so good knowing I said that this trade could actually be a good thing for the Chiefs and Mahomes. I thought the offense was becoming predictable and Mahomes was leaning too much on Kelce and Hill, to the exclusion of others. The getting rid of Hill would force him to trust others to make those plays. And what do you know? It worked!

Big Chief
03/24/2023 2:00 pm

I was definitely not in the doom camp at the time. I hated to see him go, but I thought it would be a bigger mistake to keep Hill at the higher APY he was demanding than to trade him. I watched enough of Brady’s career to see that could work. I always thought Veach would get in some decent players and Patrick, Andy, and company could find a way to make it work. And I was impressed with the haul of picks we got back.

I will say I had a lot more concern about how quickly we could get a needed rebuild done on the defense. I didn’t disagree with making the changes, but I didn’t think they could get up to speed nearly as fast as they did. My respect and admiration for Spags and his coaching staff went up tremendously after what they did this past year.

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hoosierchief
03/24/2023 1:05 pm

The morning huddlers should add this date to their chiefs history..

NovaChiefs
Reply to  hoosierchief
03/24/2023 2:09 pm

Those of us who actually READ the Huddles know that “this date” was actually YESTERDAY, and it was noted.

upamtn
Reply to  NovaChiefs
03/24/2023 2:41 pm

people actually READ that MH stuff? wow, who knew?

NovaChiefs
Reply to  upamtn
03/24/2023 2:49 pm

Well, I do, but I wrote it so I had to to see what I screwed up

hoosierchief
Reply to  NovaChiefs
03/24/2023 2:46 pm

Hmm. so your saying Tony is wrong? be careful, he may cut your pay.

NovaChiefs
Reply to  hoosierchief
03/24/2023 2:48 pm

Tony? I’ve been blaming YOU for the history being all wonky.
He led with “Almost exactly one year ago”, so he’s covered

Last edited 1 year ago by NovaChiefs
hoosierchief
Reply to  NovaChiefs
03/24/2023 4:26 pm

It was surprising when I was compiling that – I would find several places on the internet that had different dates for things. who’d have thought the internet would be wrong!!

NovaChiefs
Reply to  hoosierchief
03/24/2023 4:53 pm

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upamtn
Reply to  NovaChiefs
03/24/2023 6:36 pm

now, see? once again you get your so-called “facts” wrong … George Washington said that

NovaChiefs
Reply to  upamtn
03/24/2023 7:12 pm

Damn internet. Can’t trust anything , anymore

rip58
Reply to  NovaChiefs
03/24/2023 4:30 pm

Touché….😊

probablyamistake
03/24/2023 11:22 am

What it taught me was not panic when Veach makes a controversial move. This offseason has been difficult with some of the losses, but we won a championship after trading Hill. Did not see that coming last year. The draft is coming up and our GM knows what he is doing there. What I would like to see is an OLT first, WR second, Edge rusher third, then go for best player available.

probablyamistake
Reply to  probablyamistake
03/24/2023 11:24 am

Concerning hopkins or obj, don’t we still need to extend CJ95? He takes priority over both of those guys.

Team Player
Reply to  probablyamistake
03/24/2023 12:54 pm

A Jones extension is likely to reduce, not increase, his 2023 cap number

NovaChiefs
Reply to  Team Player
03/24/2023 2:10 pm

Which is another reason to get that done, so we can get more shiny new toys

upamtn
Reply to  probablyamistake
03/24/2023 2:43 pm

Concerning hopkins or obj, don’t we still need to extend CJ95? He takes priority over both of those guys.

a midget who can’t catch takes priority over both of those guys

KCChef
Reply to  probablyamistake
03/24/2023 11:27 am

Any Scramble of the 3 ( EDGE, LOT, & WR ) that doesn’t have WR #1 for us & I’m Fine w/ it … ; )

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