Jets were “almost a done deal” before Dolphins.

Tyreek Hill made headlines Thursday with his joke about the Jets, but his agent revealed how close Hill was to coming to New York.

Hill held his inaugural press conference with the Dolphins on Thursday, a day after Miami landed him in a blockbuster Chiefs trade. The Jets were the runners-up in the Hill sweepstakes, but Hill made it sound like the Jets were just being used to take advantage of the Dolphins.

“How close was I? WHO? The Jets?” asked Hügel. “I knew I would definitely choose Miami because I’m basically from here, I’m here all the time. This is home for me, for us.”

It made for a good headline and memorable quote when Hill fired at the downed Jets. But his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, revealed exactly how the trade went down in a session with South Florida reporters after the press conference.

“There was a time when we spoke to each other [the Jets] – it was almost a done deal,” Rosenhaus said, according to “So the Dolphins stepped in just in time to get that done and I give them a lot of credit for the amount that goes into that type of deal.”

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Tyreek Hill speaks to the media after being introduced by the Miami Dolphins.
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Rosenhaus said the seed for the trade was planted on March 17 when the Packers sold Davante Adams to the Raiders and Las Vegas gave him a five-year, $140 million deal.

Hill had a year left on his contract with the Chiefs, and Rosenhaus saw an opening.

“Right after the deal with Davante Adams, I called and spoke to him [Chiefs GM] Brett Veach,” Rosenhaus said. “I’ve told Brett I think the market is for Tyreek. We had started negotiating. I said, ‘Brett, Tyreek was a great player for you. His contract has one year left. If we can’t get down to the nitty gritty and make a deal similar to Adams, how would you feel if you worked on a trade to get you something instead of him just playing his contract and leaving?

“I guess they thought about it, and they called me back and said, ‘What do you think you could get for Tyreek?’ ‘ Rosenhaus continued. “I told them I think I can get them a lot. More than Adams. He said: “If you’re confident enough that we can get that much then I give you permission to speak to everyone [31] teams.’ I could talk to everyone [31] Societies.”

According to Rosenhaus, there were 12 teams that showed great interest. But the Jets quickly emerged with a strong offer of both trade compensation to the Chiefs and a new contract for Hill. Most teams got out as soon as the jets arrived with their offer.

According to a source, the Jets were offering the Chiefs for Hill two second-round picks and one third-round pick, as well as one fourth-round pick. They were also willing to give Hill a contract in the same neighborhood as the four-year, $120 million contract the Dolphins gave him.

“I wasn’t allowed to negotiate a contract with teams until they reached an agreement,” Rosenhaus added. “So first they reached an agreement on a deal with the Jets. We started negotiating with the jets. And Tyreek was seriously considering it. I let the other teams know that we were close to making a deal with the Jets.

“Back then, the Dolphins negotiated the deal with the Chiefs. And then we started negotiating with the dolphins. … We negotiated with them practically overnight, which would have been Tuesday night. And then [Wednesday] … we closed the deal.”

The Dolphins traded a package of five draft picks for the Chiefs, including a first-rounder. Jets were “almost a done deal” before Dolphins.


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