The Kansas City Chiefs signed Tyreek Hill to a three-year, $54 million contract extension Friday, locking up the playmaking wide receiver whose off-the-field issues left his future in the NFL in question just a couple months ago.
The deal includes a $5.8 million signing bonus and $35.2 million in guarantees, a person with knowledge of the details told the Associated Press.
“I hope he can still run that fast with all that money in his pocket,” coach Andy Reid quipped after Friday’s walk-through ahead of the Chiefs’ opener Sunday in Jacksonville.
The length of the deal protects the Chiefs from investing too heavily in a dynamic player with a checkered past while also giving the Hill, 25, the chance for another payday down the road.
Hill was barred from the Chiefs’ facility all offseason after audio surfaced in which his then-fiancee accused him of hurting their 3-year-old son. It prompted an investigation by the district attorney, another by the NFL and another by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.
Local authorities were the first to clear Hill after finding no evidence to support the alleged abuse. The NFL cleared Hill the week before training camp, at which point the Chiefs announced that he was free to resume working with the team in advance of this season.
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“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue my playing career here in Kansas City,” Hill said in a statement. “Kansas City is my home, and I appreciate the love and support from (team owner) Clark Hunt, coach Reid and (general manager) Brett Veach, along with my coaches and teammates.”
Hill is coming off his best season, catching 87 passes for a club-record 1,479 yards with 12 touchdowns. He also ran 22 times for 151 yards and another score, and was again one of the best punt returners in the game, taking one back for a touchdown for the fourth time in his career.
Briefly: The Jaguars likely will be without starting left tackle Cam Robinson for Sunday’s season opener against the Chiefs after he injured his right knee in practice Thursday. It gave out during a non-contact, pass-blocking drill. … The Bills ruled out receiver and All-Pro kickoff returner Andre Roberts out for their season opener against the Jets on Sunday because of a quadriceps injury. … Falcons right tackle Matt Gono won’t play against the Vikings on Sunday because of a back injury. … Bengals left tackle Cordy Glenn was ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.
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