Robert Saleh has no regrets over failed deal with Jets’ Tyreek Hill

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Though the Jets have struck, coach Robert Saleh is happy they swung for the fences.

That was Saleh’s message Monday about the team’s attempt to land wide receiver Tyreek Hill in a trade with the Chiefs at last week’s NFL annual meeting. Hill chose the Dolphins over the Jets, but Saleh has no regrets.

“Obviously, Tyreek is a special player and he has special skills,” Saleh said. “He has dynamic speed. It’s very easy to get him the football. We thought it would be a really good opportunity when we were presented with adding an elite player to our offense along with the really good players we have now. Obviously Joe was aggressive, took a big swing. It did not work. You win some, lose some, but we’re glad we tried.”

Tyreek Hill
Hill signed a four-year contract with the Dolphins earlier this month.

The Jets will now see Hill in the division twice a year after Miami landed the Speedster and gave him a four-year, $120 million deal.

“It’s football,” Saleh said. “You win something, you lose something. The young man wanted to go to Miami. We knew that. We knew we had to be aggressive and I felt like we were. I’m really happy for him that he did the An opportunity to come back home and I’m really excited to have the opportunity to compete against him.”

Saleh said the team’s pursuit of Hill doesn’t necessarily mean that landing a wide receiver is the team’s primary focus.

Robert Saleh
Saleh and the Jets unsuccessfully attempted to land Tyreek Hill in a trade.

“I don’t know if it’s a priority,” Saleh said. “They want to add as many good players as possible. We have a lot of design capital to do some of this. We have many needs in our football team when it comes to filling some gaps in the squad. I thought we did a great job in free agency. Calling one priority over the other, I don’t know if I see it that way. We’re in a good position to take the best players available at every single seat and we’re going to do that.”

And if another wide receiver becomes commercially available?

“If the opportunity arises, I know Joe (Douglas) is going to pull out his bat and hit it,” Saleh said. “But at the same time, it’s not something we’re constantly looking for, but if something comes up because of another team’s needs, we’re willing to have a conversation about it.” Robert Saleh has no regrets over failed deal with Jets’ Tyreek Hill


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