Wide receiver Tyreek Hill racked up over 6,600 yards and 56 touchdowns during his first six seasons in the NFL with the Chiefs. With that type of production, it’s no surprise that Hill wanted to land a new extension.

Unfortunately for the Chiefs, they couldn’t reach an agreement with Hill, and they traded the four-time All-Pro to the Miami Dolphins in March. Hill then signed a four-year, $120 million extension with $72 million in guaranteed money.

Hill’s departure from the Chiefs sent shockwaves throughout the NFL. However, one of Hill’s former teammates, guard Trey Smith, doesn’t blame Hill for leaving. He supports his decision.

“Yeah, the coaches are gonna do what they think is best for the organization and for the team. And I can’t blame Tyreek; he’s getting paid,” said Smith on 104.5 The Zone’s J-Mart and Ramon radio show, via the Kansas City Star. “I’ll never blame a guy to get paid but he’s got to do what’s best for him. I’m really excited to see what he does in Miami, wishing him well.”

Losing a player of Hill’s caliber creates quite the burden for quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense. They started preparing for life after Hill three days before his departure by signing former Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster to a one-year deal worth up to $10.75 million. The day after Hill was traded, the Chiefs added former Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling to a three-year deal for $30 million.

The 2022 NFL draft featured a plethora of talented wide receivers, and the Chiefs got one. With the 54th pick in the second round, the Chiefs selected Skyy Moore out of Western Michigan who was a three-time All-Mac performer with the Broncos. Finally, the Chiefs brought in another potential piece for the future at receiver when they signed Justyn Ross out of Clemson as a undrafted free agent after his stock dropped due to his injury history.

It will be a new era at the receiver position in 2022 for the Chiefs. None of their new additions will come in and replace what Hill did individually. However, as a collective unit, they have a chance to be very productive and keep the Chiefs’ offense as one of the more high-powered in the league.

Feature image via Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports