The Kansas City Chiefs traded Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins just over a week ago and Patrick Mahomes is making his first public comments about the situation.
Mahomes talked to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer and said the front office kept him informed on everything going on, including when Hill was given permission to seek a trade. He noted he was still shocked things had progressed to that point.
“It more surprised me whenever it got to the point where we were really considering trading him,” Mahomes told Breer. “They kept me updated the entire time; I knew the extension talks were going on. And then I knew when he got the permission to seek to get traded. But I mean, still, I played my entire career with Tyreek, so definitely, there was a little bit of shock when he got traded.”
Mahomes seems to have his focus set and moved on rather quickly.
“We had to move on and try to get as much as we could for him and try to build that receiving room again,” Mahomes said. “And do it to where we have the ability to go out there and compete every single week, which I trust Brett Veach and Coach [Andy] Reid will do.”
The six-time Pro Bowler has caught 41 of Mahomes’ 151 regular-season touchdowns. No receiver has caught more touchdown passes from him in the regular season than Hill.
Hill’s speed opened up the playbook in ways few other receivers could, so we will have to wait and see how the offense will look with such a big missing piece in Hill not terrifying the defense as he did for the past six years.
This offseason, the Chiefs have signed wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster.