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Patrick Mahomes appreciates how Chiefs handled Tyreek Hill trade

Patrick Mahomes throwing

The Kansas City Chiefs made a major change to their entire offense when they traded Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins. However, that big move does not appear to have destabilized the team or quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes revealed that the Chiefs had kept him in the loop throughout Hill’s unsuccessful contract negotiations, right up to the point when Hill was dealt to Miami.

“It more surprised me whenever it got to the point where we were really considering trading him,” Mahomes told Albert Breer of The MMQB. “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.

“We had to move on and try to get as much as we could for him and try to build that receiving room again. 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.”

Mahomes has no hard feelings toward Hill, but most importantly, he’s still comfortable with the Chiefs. The situation outlines the importance of good communications between franchise quarterback and the decision-makers in the organization. Mahomes could have been much less comfortable with the outcome of the Hill situation had he not been kept in the loop.

This was a problem for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the past, but the team appears to have learned its lesson there. The Chiefs are following the same blueprint, and it’s likely prevented some bigger problems.

Photo: Nov 22, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) throws against the Las Vegas Raiders during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


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