Dolphins, Chiefs change complexion of AFC

Just when you think the stream of prominent NFL players switching teams is about to dry up, the spigot opens again.

Wednesday, it was Tyreek Hill on the move, traded from the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins, who lavished the perennial Pro Bowler with a four-year, $120 million extension that instantly makes him the league’s best-compensated wide receiver. K.C. secures five draft picks in exchange for Hill’s services, including first- and second-round selections this year.

Pretty extensive repercussions all the way around for one of the bigger blockbusters in a month full of them. On to the fallout …

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Former Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is on his way to Miami.

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Tua Tagovailoa: He and his teammates will need time to adjust to rookie head coach Mike McDaniel and his philosophy. But the Fins are fast putting everything around Tagovailoa that will reveal whether or not he’s a franchise quarterback heading into a potentially pivotal third season. Hill’s arrival comes just a day after three-time Pro Bowl LT Terron Armstead, arguably the No. 1 free agent to reach the market this year, agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract with Miami. The Dolphins also franchised TE Mike Gesicki and signed G Connor Williams, WRs Cedrick Wilson Jr. and Trent Sherfield and RBs Raheem Mostert and Chase Edmonds to upgrade last season’s 25th-ranked offense. (In addition, Miami possesses two first-round choices in 2023, one obtained from San Francisco last year.) Now it’s up to Tua to prove he’s on par with 2020 draftmates Joe Burrow and Justin Herbert.

AFC West aspirants: Perhaps the subplot of the offseason has been the influx of talent into the division – mostly to the teams trying to unseat Kansas City, which has won the AFC West six years in a row. Hill’s…

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