- The Kansas City Chiefs traded Tyreek Hill today
- They are already reportedly targeting a speedy replacement
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It was just a few hours ago that the football world was shocked to learn of another massive trade in the NFL. This time around, it was the Kansas City Chiefs trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins for a 1st round pick, a 2nd rounder, 2 4ths, and a 6th.
It gives the Chiefs plenty of draft capital to build their roster, but it also leaves a gaping hole in their offense. The Chiefs still have Travis Kelce and Juju Smith-Schuster, but Hill is a unique player who is going to be just about impossible to entirely replace.
Still, the Chiefs are certainly going to try. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, they already have a potential replacement coming in for a visit today.
How would the #Chiefs begin to replace superstar Tyreek Hill? Sources say #Packers free-agent WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling is on his way to Kansas City today for a visit. No deal imminent, but a logical option to help fill the void. Speed for speed.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 23, 2022
The obvious idea here for the Chiefs is that they just traded a receiver who is so fast he makes fast people look not fast, so they should bring in another fast receiver. The question though, is what exactly is the difference between Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Mecole Hardman?
Both are very fast. Neither has been able to lock down a truly consistent role in the passing game while bing thrown to by elite quarterbacks. The only real differences between the two are that MVS is 6 inches taller, 3 years older, and would cost the Chiefs way more than just giving Hardman a chance to finally pay off after 3 years of decent results.
Neither one of these players is going to outright replace Tyreek Hill for the Chiefs, but it seems to me that if all you’re worried about is finding somebody fast, then utilizing the payer you have on a rookie deal makes more sense than overpaying for a player with similar stats.