Time is a flat circle. Although it was not for a lack of trying, the NY Jets went from possibly adding dynamic wide receiver Tyreek Hill to having to gameplan against him at least twice a year for the next several years.
It was at 11:12 a.m. (ET) on Wednesday ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Kansas City Chiefs were shopping Hill and the Jets and Dolphins were the two finalists.
A little more than an hour later, it was announced that Hill would be taking his talents to South Beach for a record-setting four-year, $120 million extension including $72.2 guaranteed, despite the Jets offering Kansas City a better proposal according to the NFL's point value chart.
Was it due to money? Possibly. Location? Probably. The fact the Dolphins are coming off a nine-win season as opposed to the Jets who put together four? Maybe.
But the fact Hill chose not only a division rival but a team with as big a question mark at quarterback as the Dolphins is a tough look for Florham Park.
What do the NY Jets do after missing out on Tyreek Hill?
While the Jets still have enough draft capital to make a big move, pairing Hill’s speed with Zach Wilson’s arm strength feels like a match made in heaven.
Combine that with the fact Mike Garafolo reported they would not have given up the fourth and tenth overall picks, Gang Green would have had something cooking in a conference that now features Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert, Deshaun Watson, and Davante Adams.
Unless the Jets can swing a DK Metcalf-like deal, all eyes will once again turn to the 2022 NFL Draft and whether or not Gang Green can turn their failings into fortune.
In the arms race known as the AFC, adding somebody like Tyreek Hill would have been a big boost for a team looking to turn a corner with its second-year QB. But it was not meant to be and the Jets are left in the same position they have been in for more than a decade: waiting.