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Are the Chiefs Interested in Trading Wide Out Tyreek Hill?

While longterm contract talks are expected to resume now that the NFL has announced they will not suspend Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill, it is also possible that the Chiefs that the team may look to trade Hill according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.com.

The two sides were reportedly far apart when talks broke off in the wake of child abuse allegations against the wideout.

It is rumored that Hill is seeking $20 million annually-a figure that is not unreasonable given his phenomenal production since the Chiefs drafted him in the fifth round out of West Alabama in 2016.

That monetary figure could price him out of Kansas City considering the Chiefs will have to pony up what may be the most lucrative contract ever to quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the near future. And the Chiefs might hesitate to commit that kind of money to a player with Hill’s off-the-field history.

The wildcard in all of this is rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

It was assumed the Chiefs traded up in the second round to draft the speedy Georgia wideout as a short-term replacement for Hill, who at the time was widely expect to face a lengthy suspension and even possible banishment from the NFL. Hardman has much the same skillset as Hill so it is possible the short-term substitute could become the longterm solution in Kansas City.

And Hardman is under contract for the next four years at a total payout of less than $5 million.

All that being said, it is impossible to imagine the Chiefs trading Hill in 2019, although he could be a hot name at the trade deadline in late October. But the team could decide to let Hill play out his contract this season, apply the franchise tag in 2020, and then trade him like they did defensive end Dee Ford this offseason.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill Escapes Suspension As NFL Says Not Enough Evidence

At the end of the day, the NFL has determined that there was not enough evidence to determine if Chiefs wide out Tyreek Hill violated the personal conduct policy and will not suspend him.

Hill will rejoin the team at training camp after the NFL determined that he will not be disciplined under the league’s personal conduct policy following an investigation into allegations of child abuse.

“Based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy,” the NFL said in a statement Friday. “Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City’s training camp and participate in all club activities. He has been and will continue to be subject to conditions set forth by the District Court, Commissioner [Roger] Goodell, and the Chiefs, which include clinical evaluation and therapeutic intervention.”

Following the NFL’s announcement, the Chiefs said in a statement that “it is appropriate for Tyreek to return to the team at the start of training camp,” which begins July 27 at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.

“The club fully supports the conditions for return laid out by the league and will continue to monitor any new developments in the case,” the Chiefs said. “We are glad to welcome Tyreek back to the team and look forward to the start of training camp next week.”

Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he has been able to throw with Hill “a couple of times,” which included a Friday session.

“It’s going to be awesome to welcome him back and bring him back with the guys and get to work,” Mahomes said. “I’m happy that we get to welcome him back and [Hill] will be there at training camp and we can build that chemistry for the season.”

Hill released a statement via Twitter, in which he thanked the league, the National Football League Players Association and the Chiefs, among others, while vowing to continue to work hard as a teammate and a father.

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Tyreek Hill’s Ex-Fiancee Files Petition to Establish Paternity of Twins

Crystal Espinal filed a petition in Johnson County Thursday seeking to prove that Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill is the father of her newborn twins and establish supervised parenting time for him and child support, the Kansas City Star reports.

Filed in Johnson County District Court’s civil division, the petition states that the twins were born this month and reside with Espinal. They carry her last name, the court filing said.

The petition was filed to “determine the Respondent’s (Hill’s) paternity of the minor children, to confer and impose upon Respondent all the rights, privileges, duties and obligations accompanying the father/child relationship,” the petition said, “to determine custody and residency of the minor children, to establish an appropriate parenting time schedule and to establish appropriate child support.”

Could the Chiefs Tyreek Hill Begin Chats About a Contract Extension?

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs “could potentially re-engage in contract negotiations for an extension in the not-too-distant future” if the investigation ends with a “positive outcome for Hill” according to Terez Paylor of Yahoo Sports.

Hill met with Roger Goodell and NFL investigators for eight hours on Wednesday and numerous reports indicate the meeting went well, with Hill and his representatives presenting the NFL with a massive amount of evidence to support his testimony in which he denied any abuse of his son or fiancee.

The Chiefs are hopeful that the Commissioner will hand down his decision on discipline before the start of training camp and that the suspension will be a maximum of four games.

If the ruling does go in the Chiefs favor, Hill is expected to rejoin the team for training camp. Before the child support allegations surfaced, the two sides were discussing a longterm extension as Hill’s rookie contract expires at the end of the 2019 season. Hill certainly deserves the big bucks if you just look at his performance on the field as one of the most dynamic wideouts in the NFL.

He caught 87 passes for 1479 yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 games in 2018 and causes opposing defensive coordinators nightmares.

Unfortunately, his history of domestic violence also causes the Chiefs front office nightmares and any longterm commitment is extremely risky both from a financial and a public relations standpoint-but a risk the the team clearly thinks is worth the headaches.

Can Patrick Mahomes Follow Up His MVP Season with a Repeat in 2019?

Patrick Mahomes became the talk of the NFL last season, as the 23-year-old quarterback really jumped to the forefront of the league with his MVP season.

The Chiefs starting quarterback threw for 5097 yards with 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and took the Chiefs all the way to overtime of the AFC Championship Game before losing to the Patriots.

The question about Mahomes remains, as despite a huge 2018, there’s going to be plenty of doubt if he can follow it up with another huge campaign.

There was a sense last year that he kind of ‘snuck’ up on other teams that had not seen him yet, and this season he will by all means not be able to do that.

There’s going to be more than enough tape on Mahomes and the way that he plays that teams are going to be able to prepare better.

With that, the Chiefs also have a number of question marks on the roster.

The team does not know what they are going to get from leading wide out Tyreek Hill, who likely could wind up having to miss a few games with a suspension.

While Hill is a playmaker when he’s on the field, he does the team no good if he has to miss any amount of time with a suspension.

Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, Marcus Kemp and Mecole Hardman currently all make up the receiver core, and while Watkins is really the only other established name, it also gives a chance for other players to step up.

Mahomes is an amazing player with plenty of upside even after a 50 touchdown season in 2018, and while there’s going to be questions, he’s a player that very well could be once again the best in the league.

Last season Mahomes went over 300 yards in 10 of the team’s 16 regular season games. He never threw for less than 243 yards in a game.

Can he repeat those numbers in 2019? It won’t be easy, but he’s a young dynamic player who should be able to continue the high standard of play he set up for himself last season.

Count on Mahomes to again be a focal point of the Chiefs offense in 2019, and to again put up huge numbers for a team that should be right back on the cusp of the Super Bowl.

Chiefs Wide Out Tyreek Hill Could Be Suspended By July

The Chiefs believe wide receiver Tyreek Hill could be suspended as early as next month according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic.

The Chiefs barred Hill from participating in offseason activities in the wake of child abuse allegations but it looks like he will avoid criminal charges unless further evidence emerges.

While the expectation is that Hill will be reinstated ahead of next month’s training camp, a suspension for violating the league’s code of conduct remains a distinct possibility.

He could be facing a punishment similar to the eight-game ban Kareem Hunt received for a domestic violence incident last year.

For fantasy purposes, Travis Kelce, Sammy Watkins and rookie wideout Mecole Hardman would benefit the most from Hill’s absence.

Report Says Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill Did Not Break Son’s Arm

Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill did not break his three-year-old son’s arm last January, and neither did his fiancée, Crystal Espinal, Kevin Kietzman of WHB in Kansas City reports.

According to multiple sources close to the investigation, Hill and Espinal were cleared of any role in the broken bone injury almost immediately after the investigation began in March.

Investigators quickly agreed with the medical staff that the broken bone was the result of typical accident involving a rambunctious toddler, consistent with reaching out to brace for a fall.

The investigation into Hill and Espinal began weeks after the broken bone was first treated, when Espinal, according to sources, asked a third party to call authorities and tell them that Hill was responsible for the boy’s injury. Espinal has admitted she was trying to shame Hill because in her mind, he had become too controlling and abusive again in their long and stormy relationship.

Hill and Espinal are currently separated and neither has custody of the boy at this time.

The investigation into the couple’s parenting accelerated when Overland Park police checked on the boy in March and found bruises and welts on his body. Both Hill and Espinal have admitted to investigators that they spanked the 3 year old with their hands and a belt, but prosecutors can’t determine for sure which parent, or if both, went too far.

In April Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe held a press conference to announce criminal charges wouldn’t be brought against Hill or Espinal but stated he believed a crime was committed against the boy and it was believed the crime was about the broken arm. It was not. Howe’s team has halted working on the case as they still can’t bring charges for bruising and harming the boy.

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