Patrick Mahomes Was Stunned By The Tyreek Hill Trade
For the better part of six seasons, Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill led the Kansas City Chiefs’ offense and made defensive coordinators lose sleep. Together, they won the AFC West six straight times, two AFC Championships, and a Super Bowl. Many thought this duo would run wild over the AFC for many more years to come. So when the news broke about the Chiefs trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, Mahomes had only one feeling: shock.
Full quote via ESPN.com:
“My initial reaction was a little bit of shock,” Mahomes said Monday as the Chiefs began their offseason program. “Even though you knew this was a possibility, [losing] a guy you had played with and built a friendship with over the last six years, it was definitely something you didn’t want him to leave more for being able to hang out in the locker room and do that stuff more than the actual on-the-field stuff.
But you’re happy for him. Obviously, he got a great contract (four-year, $120 million extension with $72.2 million guaranteed). He’s back where he has a house in the offseason around a lot of his family and stuff like that. I wish the best for him.”
The Kansas City Chiefs aren’t without weapons, however. They still have arguably the best TE in the NFL in Travis Kelce and they signed Juju Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling this off-season. The Chiefs should look to add some more depth at receiver in the upcoming NFL Draft to try and help cushion the blow.
“We’ve just got to keep rolling,” Mahomes said. “That’s just how it is in this league. It’s a business as much as it is about friendships and stuff like that. We know in order to have success in this league we have to keep evolving and keep getting better. So I got with those new receivers as quickly as possible and tried to build that so we could have success when we get going this year.”
“We’ll have to find production in different ways than we did last year because Tyreek was such a big part of our offense,” Mahomes said. “I think you’ve seen in games when we haven’t had Tyreek or we haven’t had certain people other guys have stepped up and made plays happen, and I expect that to happen this year, as well.’
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