Tyreek Hill had an interesting first request from Dolphins after blockbuster trade

The Miami Dolphins acquired perpetual Pro Bowl wideout Tyreek Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason for five draft picks, including a first-round selection next month. The addition of Hill also marked another contract extension, as Hill signed a reported four-year $120 million extension at an average of $30 million per year, with a guaranteed $72.2 million.

It’s reasonable to assume Hill will become the centerpiece of Miami’s new look offensive. He’s a weapon that can do it all, whether it’s bringing a screen to the house or breaking safety features for the long score. While Dolphins general manager Chris Grier dreams about how his new head coach Mike McDaniel will use Hill, he was sent off at Hill’s first request.

“Tyreek, the first thing he said was I want to make sure I’m back and get a few (point) returns every game,” Grier said via The Palm Beach Post

That’s right, Hill wants to be the point returnee for his new team. Hill has returned a total of 86 points in his career, but almost all of those touches came during his first few seasons in the league. He has scored just one punt in each of the past two regular seasons for a total of zero yards. However, when given the opportunity, Hill was very effective as a return man. In his rookie season, he returned 39 punts for 592 yards and two touchdowns, and also returned one of his 14 kick returns for a touchdown. Hill was named All-Pro as a punt returner, and also made the Pro Bowl.

If you remember, Hill returned a run for 45 yards in the divisional round win against the Buffalo Bills.

So, why did the Chiefs virtually take Hill off track to return points? One factor was probably due to concerns about injuries. Hill showed how effective he could be as a receiver, and there was no point in risking one of your key offensive playmakers by letting him play on special teams.

The Dolphins will certainly want to keep Hill healthy, but expect him to return more points in the 2022 regular season than in years past.

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