Sources say the Dolphins will let Tyreek Hill decide the situation versus the Jets
The Miami Dolphins plan to let Pro Bowl wide receiver Tyreek Hill decide if he can play Sunday against the New York Jets, sources told ESPN.
The Dolphins are unsure if Hill or rookie Devon Achanie, both of whom are listed as questionable, will be available against New York and do not plan to make a decision on either player until they see how they feel Sunday morning, according to sources. .
Hill has a lot at stake on Sunday, as he faces a challenge to become the first wide receiver in NFL history to finish a regular season with 2,000 receiving yards. But Hill, who has been dealing with an ankle injury that has hampered him since Monday night, has not practiced all week, and the Dolphins know they need him for the rest of their season as much as they need him on Sunday.
A decision on Hill’s status is unlikely to be made until the pre-game warm-up, according to sources.
The Dolphins (9-4) and Jets (5-8) also squared off in the 2022 offseason, when both AFC East rivals made trade offers to the Kansas City Chiefs for Hill, the only available player capable of helping each franchise and its team. The midfielders involved.
The Jets offered the Chiefs the 35th overall pick in the 2022 draft, the 38th pick and the 69th pick in exchange for Hill and a fourth-round pick. But the Chiefs ended up accepting the offer from the Dolphins, who sent Kansas City with the 29th overall pick in 2022, the 50th pick, a fourth-round pick in 2022 and two picks in 2023 — a fourth-rounder and a sixth-rounder.
The Chiefs used these draft picks on cornerback Trent McDuffie, wide receivers Skyy Moore and Rashee Rice, offensive tackle Darian Kinnard and defensive tackle Keondre Coburn.
Kansas City initially tried to re-sign Hill in 2022 shortly after the Raiders acquired Davante Adams from the Packers and signed him to a five-year, $140 million extension, making him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. The Chiefs then increased their offer to Hill, according to league sources, in an attempt to retain him, but Hill was interested in a larger contract and moving on from Kansas City — and both sides felt it was best to make that happen.
The Jets made an aggressive attempt to lure Hill to New York, offering the Chiefs an attractive trade package and Hill a huge contract that would have eclipsed Adams’ deal with Las Vegas, according to sources. But Hill was more interested in returning to Miami, where he lived and trained during the offseason, according to sources.
The Chiefs also asked Hill for advice on whether he wanted to be traded to Miami or New York, according to a league source. Just six days after the Raiders signed Adams to his historic extension, the Chiefs committed to Hill, traded him to Miami, and watched as the Dolphins signed him to a four-year, $120 million extension that became the new record deal for a wide receiver.