Alex Smith knows why the Kansas City Chiefs made the risky move of trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins, but he doesn’t believe they will be able to replace him.
Former Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith knows precisely what Kansas City gave up when it traded wide receiver Tyreek Hill to Miami in exchange for a plethora of draft picks.
After breaking through with six touchdowns as a rookie, Hill earned his first 1,000-yard receiving season in 2017 with Smith tossing him the ball.
As a result, Smith’s perspective on the trade comes across as a little sceptical.
“You’re not going to replace him,” Alex Smith says of the Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill deal.
On the Rich Eisen show, Smith added, “Flat out, you’re not going to replace him.” In the NFL, there is basically only one Tyreek Hill.He’s the type of person who can make a difference. When he’s on the field, the defense plays differently, and he opens up so many other players because everyone is afraid of him. “
Without Hill, Smith believes the Chiefs’ offense will be less dynamic. Hill is speedy but not one-dimensional, according to Smith. With the ball in his hands, he can make plays or spread the field as a deep ball threat. His contribution to the special teams will also be diminished.
“He’s a fantastic weapon, and you’re just not going to fill those shoes,” Smith said.
Kansas City has already started filling the void left by Hill by signing free agents JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Smith, on the other hand, believes that the trade will have to be really offset by defense investment and upgrades.
“This is the trade-off that I believe Andy and Brett Veach are considering,” Smith remarked. “Can they be better on the defensive side of the ball for the salary that they were potentially going to acquire him and the draft picks that they got in return?”
Without Hill, Andy Reid and Brett Veach will have to answer that question this season.