According to a Thursday report from CBS Sports reporter Jason La Canfora, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill could have a new contract before Sunday’s game with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Chiefs are working on a contract extension with WR Tyreek Hill with the goal of completing it before season begins. Tricky deal for sure, given his off-field circumstances, but its possible it gets done this weekend— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 5, 2019
According to La Canfora, the team and Hill’s representatives are hoping to get a deal done before the Chiefs season opens on Sunday.
La Canfora also reported that the Chiefs had made some “procedural contract moves” to open up cap space.
Chiefs made some procedural contract moves today as well I'm hearing which would give them additional cap space. One would think that space would be with Tyreek Hill in mind— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 5, 2019
Back at the beginning of the year, the Chiefs identified a contract extension for Hill — who had an All-Pro season with 1,479 yards and 12 touchdowns on 87 receptions in 2018 — as one of their priorities for the offseason. At the time, there were reports that Hill’s contract could end up being a five-year deal worth around $100 million.
That changed in mid-March, when a report surfaced that Overland Park police had been called to the home Hill shared with his then-fiance Crystal Espinal to investigate possible child abuse (or neglect) of their son.
After an investigation. the Johnson County District Attorney announced that no criminal charges would be filed because “the evidence in this case does not conclusively establish who committed the crime against this child.” Nonetheless, the Chiefs suspended Hill after an audio recording of a conversation between himself and Espinal — one that seemed to cast doubt on the District Attorney’s conclusions — was aired by a Kansas City TV station.
But on July 19, the league — after conducting an investigation of its own — said “the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy” and would not face a league suspension. That opened the way for the Chiefs to lift their suspension and for Hill to attend training camp.
On July 30, ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that Hill’s agent Drew Rosenhaus was observed at Chiefs training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph.
Spotted today at Chiefs’ training camp in St Joseph, Mo., was agent Drew Rosenhaus. He is there to discuss a new deal for Chiefs’ WR Tyreek Hill, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2019
Schefter said that according to his source, Rosenhaus was in St. Joesph specifically to discuss Hill’s contract. But since that day, there had been been no additional news about Hill’s potential contract extension.