Andy Reid kept Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce on Tyreek Hill: ‘This is the plan going forward’

Andy Reid kept no secrets from Patrick Mahomes when the Kansas City Chiefs were trading Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for five draft picks. For the Chiefs, it was obvious to make the franchise’s quarterback aware that drastic changes were coming to the offense.

“Me and Brett kept it open with Patrick. It’s part of playing in that position,” Reid said at the Chiefs’ virtual minicamp on Monday. “There’s a good chance that changes will happen over the course of his career, so that’s part of it. I also mentioned this to (Travis) Kelce just so he had a warning about that too.

“These guys are very close, the three of them, and they’ve had a lot of production for us. It’s important that they see that part, that’s part of this game – change happens. I don’t think that’s good either. I’m kind of ahead, yeah this. This is the plan going forward.”

The Chiefs being honest with their players is part of what drives free agents to Kansas City, even if the franchise doesn’t get all the free agents it covets. This offseason, Kansas City was able to add wide receiver talent with Marquez Valdes-Scantling (who signed after Hill was traded) and JuJu Smith-Schuster, in addition to signing safety Justin Reid and running back Ronald Jones. This was an active free agent period thanks to the additional cap space available after the Hill trade.

“There’s a strategy involved in this,” Reid said. “Patrick made a comfortable deal where we also have some flexibility, but these days, unfortunately, you can’t just pay everyone. It’s a hard thing to do to extend a contract. So, you’re going to lose a guy here and there, that’s how it works.

“However, we are in good hands. We have an owner who understands this and is keen on it. Brandt Tilis and Chris Shea (VPs of Football Operations to the Chiefs) are Brett’s attorneys (General Manager to the Chiefs, Brett Veach ) who have a great feel for the cap and keeping up to date with it but still being able to project into the future. Brett is phenomenal at working all angles there and also has a great understanding of it and has this aggressive personality to go with it. forward. He immediately worked on it by bringing in some receivers.”

The Chiefs will continue to look to the long game to keep the championship window intact. Reid went through this situation when Donovan McNabb was in his prime with the Philadelphia Eagles in the early 2000s and is going through the same process with Mahomes entering his prime.

Philadelphia has made many deep playoff runs with this strategy. Reid expects the same in Kansas City.

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