For roughly 90 minutes, it appeared as though the Jets were very much in the picture to land one of the best wide receivers in the NFL. And by all accounts, they were.
All accounts except for Hill himself who painted a very different picture when speaking to the Miami media at his introductory press conference on Thursday.
Hill implied that he never considered joining the Jets and that the Dolphins were always the only landing spot he considered. And he said all of that in quite the condescending tone.
"Who? The Jets? Nah man. I knew I was always going to pick Miami no matter what."- Tyreek Hill, on joining the Jets
Tyreek Hill disrespected the NY Jets with his comment
Of course, it's not surprising that Hill would say this, whether it was actually true or not. It's his first press conference with his new team — he's not going to admit to being interested in joining any other team.
That isn't the disrespectful part. It's the "Who?" that cuts deep. That stings.
The Jets were reportedly the first team to strike a deal with the Chiefs. According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, that deal was agreed to on Monday, before the Dolphins were even involved.
At that stage, Hill was already in negotiations with the Jets. They had an offer on the table.
However, in the hours/days following, the Dolphins stepped up and made an offer that the Chiefs also accepted. Once that happened, Hill's preference shifted over to the Jets' division rivals.
It isn't hard to see why Hill would choose the Dolphins over the Jets. He's from the south, spends his offseasons living in Miami, and there's the whole no-state-income-tax situation.
Once it came down to the Jets and Dolphins, Miami was always going to be Hill's logical landing spot. In that sense, he's right. But to insist that the Jets were never a serious contender is misleading.
Again, it's obvious why he said what he said. But it's the way he said it that probably won't go over well with folks on One Jets Drive.
The Jets/Dolphins rivalry needed a bit of a spark — Tyreek Hill just ignited the flame. The rivalry is back.