Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce appeared on Sirius XM NFL Radio Friday after news broke that the league would not suspend his teammate, wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Hill had been involved in a four-month-long situation that first began when it was reported Overland Park police had been called to his home to investigate an incident of alleged battery.
Kelce was asked about the Chiefs getting Hill back for training camp after he missed all previous offseason workouts.
#Chiefs Tight End Travis Kelce reacted to the news that Tyreek Hill will be allowed to report to Training Camp and how Patrick Mahomes follows up on an MVP season...— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) July 19, 2019
"Everybody knows how important he [Tyreek] is to this offense."
“We’re all just excited to get him back in the building and going to work with him,” Kelce said. “Everyone knows how important he is to this offense and we’re just happy to get our guy back in the building and excited to find a new kind of feel for this team knowing we have so many new defensive players and everybody’s got to be on the same page, and the chemistry really has to flow.
“Starting this thing off in training camp, finding our new identity I think is going to be huge coming up in the next week or so.”
Friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports added that the team remains interested in extending Hill, who is due to make $2.025 million in the final year of his rookie contract in 2019.
Chiefs remain interested in a Tyreek extension, per a source. I expect contract negotiations to pick up in the future as both sides need to work through some things & there are questions that need to be answered as it relates to his personal life going forward.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) July 19, 2019
Such a contract would “mostly have some very specific language within it,” per NFL Network’s James Palmer.
My understanding is it is will most likely be several weeks if not months before contract talks between Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs start back up. He’s in the final year of his rookie contact and this new contract will mostly have some very specific language within it.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) July 19, 2019
With the news of no suspension, the Chiefs, who were reportedly negotiating a record-setting contract with Hill back in March, appear poised to pick things up right where they left off.