The All-Pro wideout wanted to become the highest-paid player in his position but the Chiefs did not have the financial capability to grant his request.
Therefore, the two sides parted ways with Hill going to the Miami Dolphins and the Chiefs getting five draft picks in return, including Miami’s first and second-rounders for 2022.
That haul increased Kansas City’s picks to 12 and they can use some of those to draft Hill’s replacement.
However, they won’t wait for the draft to somewhat address their pressing concern as they are signing former Green Bay Packers receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling to a three-year, $30 million deal.
His numbers may not be as monstrous as Hill’s but the Chiefs partially addressed the gap that “Cheetah” created upon leaving.
Upon receiving the contract, Valdes-Scantling couldn’t help but reminisce his tough journey and be grateful for the blessing.
I could cry real tears right now. I got cut from my high school team as a freshman to signing a second contract in the NFL. Never let any person place a limitation on who you can be. THANK YOU GOD!!!
— Marquez V-S (@MVS__11) March 25, 2022
Valdes-Scantling tweeted, “I could cry real tears right now. I got cut from my high school team as a freshman to signing a second contract in the NFL. Never let any person place a limitation on who you can be. THANK YOU GOD!!!”
The South Florida alum spent his first four NFL seasons with the Packers under a rookie contract worth $2,677,553.
Maximizing The Opportunity
Valdes-Scantling will receive $18 million in his first two years with Kansas City, but he can earn as much as $36 million through incentives.
He would like to make the most of this opportunity by filling in Hill’s shoes.
His role may be a tall order but his dedication will only make him better.
After all, he’s not placing a limitation on what he can do.
The Chiefs might be the breakout opportunity he is waiting for after living in Davante Adams‘ shadows for a while.