Patrick Mahomes on Tyreek Hill trade: My initial reaction was a little bit of shock


With the Chiefs moving on from receiver Tyreek Hill, quarterback Patrick Mahomes will have to find a new primary target at receiver in 2022.

Mahomes is working out with his receivers in Texas at the start of the Chiefs’ offseason program, with their meetings held virtually. But as the QB gets acclimated to an offense without Hill, he admitted to reporters on Monday that his initial reaction was “a little bit of shock.”

“Even though you knew that this was a possibility,” Mahomes said, via James Palmer of NFL Media, “just playing with a guy you’ve played with and built a friendship with over the last six years, it definitely way something that … you didn’t want him just to leave more for the … just being able to hang out in the locker room and do that stuff than the actual on-the-field stuff.

“But you’re happy for him. He got a great contract and obviously he’s back where he has a house in the offseason and around a lot of his family and stuff like that. I wish the best for him.”

Mahomes added that once he knew the trade was going through, his attitude was, “We’ve got to keep rolling.”

“It’s how it is in this league,” Mahomes said. “It’s as much a business as much as it is about your friendships and stuff like that. So, we know in order to have success in this league you have got to evolve and keep getting better. I got with these new receivers as quickly as possible and try and build that so we can have success when we get going this year.”

While head coach Andy Reid said he doesn’t expect Kansas City’s offense to look significantly different without Hill, the receiver did lead the team with 111 receptions and 1,239 yards in 2021.

19 responses to “Patrick Mahomes on Tyreek Hill trade: My initial reaction was a little bit of shock

  1. You both wanted to break the bank and get paid top dollar. It’s your right, but this is what happens.

  2. dejadoh says:
    April 18, 2022 at 4:31 pm
    Hill made Mahomes better.

    —-I think you mean Mahomes made Hill better. Look at Hills stats when Mahomes wasn’t the one throwing to him.

  3. dejadoh says:
    April 18, 2022 at 4:31 pm
    Hill made Mahomes better.

    —-I think you mean Mahomes made Hill better.

  4. As a Chiefs fan, My initial reaction to the Tyreek Hill trade was a near heart attack.

  5. You took all the money. They have to make hard choices now. And in a year or two you’ll be complaining how they can’t protect you.

  6. People that are saying Hill was nothing without Mahomes. 2017, first year as a Full time starter – 75 rec. 1183 yds. 15.8 Avg. 7 TDs. That was WTHOUT Mahomes as a QB. His numbers continued to gradually go up, but to think he wasn’t putting up those numbers without Mahomes is completely false.

  7. I’m not a Chiefs fan but it seemed last year teams quit cheating forward when plays broke down. Hill got behind a lot of coverages that way. It took a bit but teams figured out Mahomes could in fact throw it that far and got better at staying with Hill in those situations making him a lot less valuable to the Chiefs. They were going to have find a different way to strike quick with or without Hill so it was a good time to let him go.

  8. Really see the Chiefs bringing in AB to make up for that loss of speed and talent that actually stretches the field. And AB is the perfect fit with his low-character so he will be cheap.

  9. If Tua gets better and Mahomes gets worse then maybe Hill makes QB’s better. We’ll see.

  10. Love him or hate him Brady played the long game. He knew leaving money on the table to put talent around him would give him more success. These QBs that are demanding break the bank salleries are stepping over dollars to pick up dimes.

  11. pftancelledme says:
    April 18, 2022 at 4:52 pm
    As a Chiefs fan, My initial reaction to the Tyreek Hill trade was a near heart attack.
    There was absolutely no way the Chiefs were paying a 29 year old WR $25 million per, so that left the Chiefs had two options:

    1. Let Hill play out his contract, then receive a 3rd round Comp Pick in 2023.

    2. Trade a 28 year old Hill and receive a 1st, 2nd and 4th round pick in 2022 and a 4th & 6th in 2023.

    The Chiefs, IMO, made the right decision. They now have multiple picks in the first four round of the 2022 draft, which can be used to shore up the leaky defense and add a couple of WR’s in a very deep WR class. This is the game they’ll need to play while Mahomes is taking up 25% of the cap space in order to continue competing for a Super Bowl each year.

  12. We all know Mahomes is legit, and he has to be accounted for by the defense. That’s what smart QB’s do, and like a rising tide, all offensive weapons look better.

    That being said, Hill can’t just be replaced. He’s a serious threat all over the field and Chief’s fans are fooling themselves if they believe Hardman or MVS is going to step in and fill those cleats.

    Say what you want about the dude, but Tyreek is a beast and KC will absolutely miss his production.

    Then again, I thought that about K.Hunt and they did just fine, so maybe next man up works when you have Mahomes at QB. We’ll see.

  13. Im betting that this is a team which is going to take a step backwards in the rankings.

  14. We’ll see how much Miami’s opponents play cover 2 to slow Tyreek down, with a far less talent at QB. On the flip side, we’ll see if KC’s opponents also drop the cover 2 with Hill’s speed now gone. This seems to open up allow more people to succeed with Hill gone, if that’s the case, there will be more man coverage while Kelce gets doubled. This is a huge opportunity for Hardman, and any other WR’s for KC. Could also make Reid create an entire new offense, and from that aspect, that could make him one of the greatest coaches ever. I’d already put him top 10, but if he wins creating a new version of the QB he already developed and won a SB with, it could be a next level for him and Mahomes.

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