Adam Sandler is the reason Tyreek Hill isn't on the NY Jets (yes, really)

Adam Sandler could've helped finalize a Tyreek Hill trade for his favorite team

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The NY Jets were on the verge of trading for All-Pro wide receiver Tyreek Hill two years ago before the future Hall of Famer agreed to a move to their division rivals, the Miami Dolphins.

In the years since that fateful day, Hill has been outspoken about why he chose the Dolphins over the Jets — the two teams he insists were the finalists. He added a new reason to that list this week.

Speaking on Marlon Humphrey's "Punch Line Podcast," Hill insisted that famous actor and comedian Adam Sandler is the reason he's not a member of the Jets right now. Yes, that Adam Sandler.

Hill insisted that he was a huge fan of Sandler, who also happens to be a big Jets fan. According to Hill, if Sandler called him up and asked for him to play for the Jets, he would've done it. That call never came.

"I was almost a New York Jet. I'm a huge Adam Sandler fan, and Adam Sandler loves the Jets. My whole thing was for Adam Sandler to call me, but he never called. If he called me, I would have joined."

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This isn't the first time that Hill has spoken about his almost-trade to the Jets, although this is the first time he's mentioned Sandler's name. He previously indicated in October 2022 that "state taxes" were the biggest reason he chose the Dolphins over the Jets.

Hill has also been no stranger to provoking the Jets during his time in Miami. While he's gone on to put together the best seasons of his career with the Dolphins, he's made his fair share of enemies in Florham Park.

Nonetheless, Hill remains arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL. He's posted consecutive 1,700-yard seasons and is on pace to be one of the most productive receivers in league history.

It's doubtful that he regrets his decision to join a Dolphins offense that has maximized his abilities, but it's also doubtful that the Jets regret missing out. They did end up selecting future Offensive Rookie of the Year Garrett Wilson just a month later.

Wilson has posted consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns in a terrible offense over the first two years of his career, and he comes with significantly less off-field baggage than his elder position-mate.

Maybe, just maybe, Adam Sandler did the Jets a favor. Or maybe (most likely) this story is completely nonsensical, and Hill was just playing it up for jokes. Yeah, that's probably it.