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Reports: Tyreek Hill signed to three-year contract extension

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We expected the deal to get done before the Chiefs open the season against the Jaguars on Sunday — and now it’s happened.

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill has signed a three-year, $54 million contract extension with the club, according to friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports.

Paylor also said the extension has “a unique structure,” including a $5.8 million signing bonus, plus $35.2 million guaranteed. The Chiefs confirmed the news on their official Twitter account moments after Paylor broke the story.

On Thursday, we learned that Hill’s contract could be signed before the Chiefs open the season against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Chiefs made that schedule with room to spare.

Hill — who was entering this season on the last year of his rookie contract — is coming off an All-Pro season with 1,479 yards (and 12 touchdowns) on 87 receptions. Back in January, the Chiefs made it clear that a contract extension for Hill was 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.

But over the spring and early summer, Hill faced a potential NFL suspension after Overland Park police had been called to the home he shared with then-fiance Crystal Espinal to investigate potential child abuse (or neglect) of their young son. That put any contract negotiations on hold.

No criminal charges were ever filed in the case. After a league investigation in mid-July, the NFL said it “cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy” and that Hill would therefore not face a league suspension. That opened the way for the Chiefs to lift the suspension they had placed on Hill while investigations were underway — and eventually, to make this contract extension.

The Chiefs released an official statement from general manager Brett Veach.

“We’re pleased we were able to reach an agreement with Tyreek to keep him in a Chiefs uniform for the foreseeable future. He understands our expectations of him as a member of this team and community. This extension is contingent upon the conditions Tyreek agreed to adhere to upon his return to the team in July. Tyreek is an elite player in this league and has played a major role in our team’s success, and we’re pleased that he’ll continue to make an impact for us.”

The team also released a statement from Hill.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue my playing career here in Kansas City. Kansas City is my home, and I appreciate the love and support from Clark Hunt, Coach Reid and Brett Veach, along with my coaches and teammates. To Chiefs Kingdom, you’re the best fans in the world.”