Jan 9, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA;Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (1) reacts after running with the football for a first down against the New England Patriots during the fourth quarter of the game at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

Tua Tagovailoa beaming about bright outlook in Miami

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa said Wednesday that he is embracing the opportunity created by the team’s very busy offseason.

The Dolphins, after all, acquired All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs for a package of five draft picks, including a first- and second-rounder in this year’s draft. Hill promptly signed a four-year extension that will pay him $120 million, including $72.2 million guaranteed.

Miami also addressed its offensive line by signing free-agent tackle Terron Armstead to a five-year, $75 million contract.

The high-profile moves have ratcheted expectations in South Beach, and Tagovailoa isn’t shying away from them despite heading into his third NFL season with a third offensive system.

“Well I think pressure is going to be there every time,” he said Wednesday. “I don’t feel more pressure that we’ve acquired all these guys, but it’s more of an opportunity that I get, that we all get as a team to show what we can do this year.”

The spotlight squarely remains on Tagovailoa, who is 13-8 as a starter in his first two seasons after Miami selected him with the fifth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

“I just feel like there’s so (many) things that have happened, a lot of changes,” Tagovailoa said. “And a lot of good changes, I guess, with the people that we’ve picked up, the guys we’ve acquired as well. Just the locker room feels different. And we’re all excited. This is the first time I’ve seen a lot of guys show up to Phase 1 of (the offseason program) — and a lot of veterans are showing up to it. I think that speaks a lot to (new coach Mike McDaniel) and the relationship he has to a lot of the guys on the team. And the amount of respect that he has from the players in the locker room.”

Tagovailoa, 24, has completed 66.2 percent of his passes for 4,467 yards, 27 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 23 career games. He has also rushed for 237 yards and six scores.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs the ball for a touchdown past Buffalo Bills safety Micah Hyde (23) during the second half in a AFC Divisional playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

NFL admits missed taunting call on Tyreek Hill vs. Bills

The NFL on Tuesday conceded that game officials missed a taunting call on then-Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill in January’s AFC divisional playoff game against the Buffalo Bills.

Executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent was asked directly about the play during a rules committee meeting at the NFL annual meetings in Palm Beach, Fla. Vincent said there were four wrong calls — either called or not called — of 61 taunting penalties assessed over the course of the 2021 season.

And that was one.

“Tyreek was one that was missed,” Vincent said in response to the question. “That was a missed call, should’ve been called.”

And it was a huge non-call.

Hill took a pass from Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, scampering 64 yards for the score while flashing the peace sign to Bills defenders more than once. It gave the Chiefs a 33-29 lead with 1:02 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Chiefs went on to win 42-36 in overtime.

–Field Level Media

Dec 16, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs the ball against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Dolphins’ SB, Tua’s MVP odds shorten with Tyreek Hill

The latest blockbuster trade of the most dramatic NFL offseason in memory forced oddsmakers to shift their futures markets once again.

After news broke Wednesday morning that Miami was acquiring All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs, the Dolphins’ odds shortened in several key markets.

BetRivers told Field Level Media their oddsmakers moved Miami’s Super Bowl odds from +5000 to +3500, and the Dolphins’ odds shortened from +6000 to +5000 at WynnBet. BetMGM said the deal did not impact the book’s Super Bowl odds, with Kansas City remaining +900 and Miami offered at +500.

The Dolphins did move from +650 to +400 to win the AFC East at BetMGM and from +700 to +440 at BetRivers, where Miami is also now +1700 to win the AFC Championship after beginning the day at +2800.

The biggest impact of the deal was felt by the MVP market.

Tua Tagovailoa entered the offseason uncertain to get a third year to prove he is the long-term answer at quarterback in Miami. With the Dolphins opting not to acquire a veteran signal-caller while adding Hill along with fellow wide receiver Cedrick Wilson plus running backs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert, Miami has surrounded Tagovailoa with a plethora of playmakers.

WynnBet told Field Level Media that Tagovailoa’s odds to win MVP honors next season shortened from +1000 to +400.

The Chiefs agreed to the deal after being unable to agree on a contract extension with Hill. Kansas City will receive a bushel full of five draft picks in return for their dynamic playmaker, but how that might help them stay atop the uber-competitive AFC West won’t be known until draft day.

BetMGM said it did not adjust the Chiefs’ divisional odds, either, but they did move from +120 to +150 to win the AFC West at BetRivers and from +140 to +160 at WynnBet.

WynnBet also shifted Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ MVP odds slightly from +700 to +750.

–Field Level Media

Jan 30, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs the ball against the Cincinnati Bengals during the AFC Championship game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Chiefs give WR Tyreek Hill permission to seek trade

The Kansas City Chiefs have given dynamic All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill permission to seek a trade amid stalled negotiations on a contract extension, NFL Network and ESPN reported Wednesday.

Hill rejected an extension that would have made him one of the highest-paid receivers in the league, per the report. It’s unclear how the offer compared to Davante Adams’ new deal ($28.25 million annual average value) in Las Vegas.

The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins are at the forefront of teams vying to acquire Hill, per ESPN.

Hill is expected to get a massive extension and the Chiefs a big haul in return if a trade is completed.

Hill, 28, is a three-time All-Pro in his six seasons in Kansas City. He has made the Pro Bowl every year he’s been in the league. He has 479 career receptions for 6,630 yards and 56 touchdowns in 91 games (73 starts) for the Chiefs. He has another 719 yards rushing with six TDs.

He earned his sixth Pro Bowl appearance in 2021 after catching 111 passes for 1,239 yards and nine TDs.

The Chiefs selected Hill in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

The 2022 NFL Draft is thought to be the “deepest in a decade” at wide receiver, per Field Level Media draft analyst Mark Jarvis.

–Field Level Media

Dec 26, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire (25) against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire returns to practice

Kansas City Chiefs running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire took a positive step forward in his bid to return for this weekend’s AFC divisional-round clash against the visiting Buffalo Bills.

Edwards-Helaire was listed as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice. A shoulder injury has sidelined Edwards-Helaire for the team’s final two games of the regular season and last week’s wild-card victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“He moved around well. We’ll see how he does tomorrow as we go forward,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said.

Edwards-Helaire, 22, rushed for 517 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games this season.

Edwards-Helaire has rushed for 1,320 yards and eight touchdowns in 23 career games. He also has 55 career receptions for 426 yards and three more scores since being selected by the Chiefs with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill (heel) and cornerback L’Jarius Sneed (knees) were listed as full participants on Wednesday, however running back Darrel Williams (toe) and cornerback Rashad Fenton (back) did not practice.

–Field Level Media

2. Chiefs (2): WR Tyreek Hill's 110 receptions are a single-season team record. His 11.2 yards per catch are his lowest -- by 3.5 yards -- since he became a starter in 2017. Despite Sunday's stumble in Cincinnati, no one is going to want to see Hill or Kansas City once the playoffs start.

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Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill to play vs. Steelers, Clyde Edwards-Helaire out

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Darrel Williams are expected to play in Sunday night’s AFC wild-card game against the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers, coach Andy Reid announced.

Hill, who is nursing a heel injury, followed up a limited practice on Thursday by participating in Friday’s session.

Williams was limited in the first two practices this week before participating on Friday. He has been hampered by an ailing toe.

While Hill and Williams are trending in the right direction, Reid announced running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been ruled out for Sunday’s game.

Edwards-Helaire did not practice for the second straight day on Friday while nursing a shoulder injury. The second-year running back missed the final two games of the season after first sustaining the injury in Kansas City’s 36-10 romp over Pittsburgh on Dec. 26.

Williams started Weeks 17 and 18 in place of Edwards-Helaire (517 rushing yards), with Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon providing depth.

Williams, 26, finished with 1,010 scrimmage yards (558 rushing, 452 receiving) and eight total touchdowns (six rushing, two receiving) in 17 games (seven starts) this season.

Hill, 27, finished the season third in the NFL with 111 catches for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns. He earned his sixth career Pro Bowl berth.

–Field Level Media

Jan 2, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs with the ball against Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Logan Wilson (55) in the first half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tyreek Hill downgraded

Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill and running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire both suffered setbacks Thursday ahead of the Chiefs’ wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Hill (heel) was limited in Thursday’s practice after being a full participant Wednesday. Edwards-Helaire (shoulder) did not participate after being limited Wednesday.

Edwards-Helaire missed the final two games of the season after first suffering the injury in Week 16, also against the Steelers.

“Clyde is going to do everything he can to be out there this weekend and we will let the people take care of what they need to take care of,” Chiefs offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy said Thursday.

Chiefs leading rusher Darrel Williams (toe) was able to practice, albeit limited, for the second consecutive day. Williams started Weeks 17 and 18 in place of Edwards-Helaire. Derrick Gore and Jerick McKinnon provide depth.

Williams finished with 1,010 scrimmage yards and eight total touchdowns on the season in 17 games (seven starts).

Hill finished the season third in the NFL with 111 catches for 1,239 yards (seventh-best) and nine TDs.

The Chiefs host the Steelers on Sunday night. Kansas City won the first matchup 36-10 on Dec. 26.

–Field Level Media

Dec 16, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) catches a pass against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tyreek Hill clears COVID protocols

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill has cleared the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols, per an announcement from the team Saturday.

Hill, 27, was added to the the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday along with six other Chiefs players, joining tight end Travis Kelce as potential casualties for Sunday’s game with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Hill will now be available for that game.

The status of Kelce remains up in the air. He has been activated but not cleared to play, giving him the opportunity to play with a second negative test on game day.

On a negative note for Kansas City, the team also announced several coaches would not be available Sunday: quarterbacks coach Mike Kafka, running backs coach Greg Lewis and assistant offensive line coach Corey Matthaei.

The players added to the list Tuesday in addition to Hill were starting linebacker Nick Bolton, cornerbacks Rashad Fenton and Armani Watts, starting offensive linemen Lucas Niang and Kyle Long, and tight end Blake Bell. All reportedly tested positive.

Bolton and Niang were listed as questionable to play on the team’s latest injury report Saturday, along with Kelce.

Hill leads Kansas City with 102 receptions while Kelce is second on the team with 83 receptions. Both are over 1,000 yards receiving.

Kelce, 32, landed on the list with teammates Harrison Butker and Charvarius Ward Monday.

On Saturday, the Chiefs also activated defensive back Decaprio Bootle, tight end Nakia Griffin-Stewart, defensive back Josh Jackson and punter Johnny Townsend from the practice squad via COVID replacement.

–Field Level Media

Oct 10, 2021; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) runs the ball against the Buffalo Bills during the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (quadriceps) misses practice

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill missed another practice Thursday while All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce was limited.

Hill is battling a quadriceps injury sustained in last week’s win over the Washington Football Team. Kelce is managing a neck injury but expects to play on Sunday when the Chiefs (3-3) visit the Tennessee Titans (4-2) in Nashville, Tenn.

Good news did come in the form of defensive end Chris Jones practicing for the first time since Week 4. He has missed the past two games with a wrist injury.

Hill played just 57 percent of the team’s offensive snaps against Washington. He had nine catches for 76 yards and a touchdown.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time All-Pro missed practice last week with a knee injury. He has 46 receptions for 592 yards and five touchdowns on the season.

Cornerback Charvarius Ward (quadriceps) practiced again Thursday, albeit limited. He hasn’t played since Week 2.

Left guard Joe Thuney (hand) and linebacker Anthony Hitchens (triceps contusion) missed practice.

However, defensive tackle Jarran Reed (back) and offensive lineman Trey Smith (ankle) were full participants after being limited Wednesday.

–Field Level Media