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KANSAS CITY, Mo. The Kansas City Chiefs kept Patrick Mahomes in the loop last month as they tried to swap wide receiver Tyreek Hill, telling their star quarterback that the team may soon be without one of the most productive wide receivers of his era.
But Mahomes said he was still shocked moments after Hill was traded to the Miami Dolphins.
“My first reaction was a little bit of a shock,” Mahomes said Monday as the Chiefs began their offseason program. “Even though you knew this was an option, [losing] a guy you had played with and built a friendship with over the last six years, it was definitely something you did not want him to leave more to be able to hang out in the locker room and do that thing more than the actual on-field things.
“But you’re happy on his behalf. It’s clear he got a great contract (four years, $ 120 million extension with $ 72.2 million guaranteed). He’s back where he has a house in the low season around a lot of his family and stuff like that. I wish the best for him. “
Chiefs still have tight-end Travis Kelce, who was number two on the team last season behind Hill in receptions and yards. They have also signed free-agent wide receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
Kansas City could also add a wide receiver or two in the upcoming draft. It has two choices in each of the first four rounds.
“We just have to keep rolling,” Mahomes said. “It’s just like that in this league. It’s just as much a business as it is about friendships and stuff like that. We know that in order to be successful in this league, we have to keep evolving and getting better. ‘
Yet the void Hill leaves behind is significant. He has caught 343 passes for 4,854 yards and 43 touchdowns in his four seasons with Mahomes.
“We’ll have to find production in different ways than we did last year because Tyreek was such a big part of our offensive line,” Mahomes said. “I think you’ve seen in games where we have not had Tyreek or we have not had certain people, other guys have moved up and made plays happen, and I expect that to happen this year too. ”