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Jets were ‘virtually a done deal’ before Dolphins

Tyreek Hill made headlines along with his quip in regards to the Jets on Thursday, however his agent revealed how shut Hill got here to coming to New York.

Hill held his introductory press convention with the Dolphins on Thursday, a day after Miami landed him in a blockbuster commerce from the Chiefs. The Jets were the runners-up within the Hill sweepstakes, however Hill made it sound just like the Jets were solely used to leverage the Dolphins.

“How close was I? Who? The Jets?” Hill requested. “I knew I was going to pick Miami no matter what 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, as Hill took a shot on the downtrodden Jets. But his agent Drew Rosenhaus revealed precisely how the commerce went down in a session with South Florida reporters after the press convention.

“There was a time when we were talking to [the Jets] — it was almost a done deal,” Rosenhaus said, in accordance with profootballnetwork.com. “So the Dolphins got in in the nick of time there to get this done, and I give them a lot of credit because a lot goes into this type of contract.”

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Tyreek Hill speaks with the media after being launched by the Miami Dolphins.
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Rosenhaus mentioned the seeds were planted for the commerce on March 17 when the Packers traded Davante Adams to the Raiders and Las Vegas gave him a five-year, $140 million contract.

Hill had one year left on his contract with the Chiefs, and Rosenhaus noticed a gap.

“Right after the Davante Adams deal, I called and spoke to [Chiefs GM] Brett Veach,” Rosenhaus mentioned. “I instructed Brett that I believed that the market was set for Tyreek. We had began negotiating. I mentioned, ‘Brett, Tyreek’s been a nice participant for you. He’s received one year left on his deal. If we are able to’t reduce to the chase and get a deal that’s much like Adams, how would you are feeling about engaged on a commerce so you may get one thing as a substitute of him simply enjoying out his contract and leaving?’

“I guess they thought it over, and they gave me a call 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 feel that confident, that we can get that much, I’ll give you permission to talk to all [31] teams.’ I was able to talk to all [31] clubs.”

There were 12 groups that confirmed important curiosity, in accordance with Rosenhaus. But the Jets rapidly emerged with a robust provide each in commerce compensation to the Chiefs and in a new contract for Hill. Most groups dropped out as soon as the Jets got here in with their provide.

The Jets supplied two second-round picks and a third-rounder to the Chiefs for Hill and a fourth-round choose, in accordance with a supply. They were additionally ready to provide Hill a contract in the identical neighborhood because the four-year, $120 million contract the Dolphins gave him.

“I wasn’t allowed to negotiate with teams on a contract until they had reached an agreement,” Rosenhaus added. “So they first reached an settlement on a commerce with the Jets. We began negotiating with the Jets. And Tyreek gave it critical consideration. I let the opposite groups know that we were near getting a deal done with the Jets.

“That’s when the Dolphins worked out the trade with the Chiefs. And then we started negotiating with the Dolphins. … We pretty much negotiated overnight with them, which would have been Tuesday night. And then [Wednesday] … we got the deal done.”

The Dolphins traded a bundle of 5 draft picks to the Chiefs, together with a first-rounder.

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