How Davante Adams’ Massive Contract Sealed the Deal for Tyreek Hill Trade to Dolphins

Davante Adams wasn’t the NFL‘s highest-paid wide receiver for long. Tyreek Hill now holds the crown after the Kansas City Chiefs traded him to the Miami Dolphins. The six-time Pro Bowler inked a lucrative four-year, $120 million contract to reset the market.

While Hill’s numbers speak for themselves, he likely wouldn’t have ended up in Miami if not for Adams. The former Green Bay Packers star garnered a massive deal from the Las Vegas Raiders, which caught the eyes of Hill and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The rest is history.

Tyreek Hill wanted to top Davante Adams’ contract from the Raiders

Packers WR Davante Adams takes the field before a game; Dolphins WR Tyreek Hill in action for the Chiefs
Davante Adams of the Green Bay Packers warms up before game against the Chiefs | Jamie Squire/Getty Images; Tyreek Hill of the Kansas City Chiefs runs for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills | David Eulitt/Getty Images

The 2022 NFL offseason has arguably been the wildest in recent memory. Numerous Pro Bowlers and All-Pros have switched locations, which is unprecedented, especially in such a short time.

Tyreek Hill is just the latest domino to fall. The Kansas City Chiefs shockingly dealt the star wideout to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a handsome package of five draft picks, including a 2022 first-rounder. According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, Miami gave Hill a four-year, $120 million extension. The deal includes $72.2 million and $52.535 million at signing.

The blockbuster trade almost didn’t happen, though. The Chiefs were progressing on a long-term deal until the Raiders gave Davante Adams his contract. Las Vegas inked the two-time All-Pro to a five-year, $140 million extension after acquiring him from the Packers.

Hill’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, suggests Adams’ deal changed everything.

“I started a conversation with the Chiefs on a new contract extension, and it really was heading in the direction of slowly but surely working out a new deal for Tyreek,” Rosenhaus said via The Joe Rose Show with Zach Krantz. “Then the Davante Adams trade got done, and Adams got a record-setting contract. I spoke to the Chiefs and had a very positive conversation with them that this should be the market for Tyreek.”

Unfortunately, Kansas City wasn’t willing to make Tyreek Hill the highest-paid receiver. But the Dolphins were.

“The Adams deal really flipped everything upside down.”

Does the new Dolphins star deserve to be the highest-paid WR in the NFL?

When the Las Vegas Raiders signed Davante Adams his massive contract extension, it seemed par for the course. He has developed into arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL today. His reign at the top was short-lived, though.

The Miami Dolphins made Tyreek Hill the new highest-paid wideout in the NFL. His four-year, $120 million contract breaks down to $30 million annually.

Hill has been a stud for the Chiefs since the team drafted him in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. The West Alabama product has easily outperformed his draft position.

The 28-year-old has recorded 479 receptions, 6,630 receiving yards, and 56 touchdowns in six seasons. While Hill is an explosive playmaker, he’s not the best wide receiver in the league. Some might wonder if he deserves to be the highest-paid at his position.

Well, Tyreek Hill undoubtedly commanded a lucrative contract based on the market. He may not be as complete as Davante Adams, but he’s still elite.

Why the Chiefs could have tough time replacing Hill

Tyreek Hill is one of the biggest names to switch teams in the offseason. The Kansas City Chiefs still have plenty of talent on their roster, but they will certainly feel this one.

Hill has consistently produced when on the field. He’s a big play waiting to happen. His effortless connection with Patrick Mahomes was a work of art. With Hill’s departure, Mahomes will likely rely even heavier on Travis Kelce.

The All-Pro tight end can’t be the only one picking up the slack, though. It will be interesting to see if Mecole Hardman can take the next step in year four. Signing JuJu Smith-Schuster in free agency helps, but the Chiefs will likely need to address the position in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Hill is just 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, but he packs a punch. He’s an explosive playmaker with game-breaking shiftiness and top-end speed. That’s what the Dolphins are getting. Speed kills.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference and contract figures courtesy of Spotrac

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