Controversial Chiefs star Tyreek Hill went from facing a lengthy NFL suspension to a potentially banking a significant payday.
Shortly after the league said it did not have enough evidence to ban the wide receiver over allegations that he abused his 3-year-old son, the Kansas City Star reported there is mutual interest between Hill and the Chiefs on a contract extension.
“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,” reporter Terez A. Paylor tweeted.
The Chiefs released a statement Friday morning regarding Hill’s status for the upcoming season.
“We have been informed of the decision by the National Football League that, based on the available evidence, the league has not found that Tyreek Hill violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy,” the team said.
“Based on the information provided to us by the league, we have decided it is appropriate for Tyreek to return to the team at the start of training camp. The club fully supports the conditions for return laid out by the league and will continue to monitor any new developments in the case. We are glad to welcome Tyreek back to the team and look forward to the start of training camp next week.”
Hill followed with a statement of his own.
“The last few months have been very difficult for me, especially as a father,” Hill wrote on Twitter. “…to everyone who assisted in this investigation: thank you for your time and conducting a thorough investigation. I will not let you down.”
Hill is entering the final year of his rookie contract. The 25-year-old had 1,479 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns (12 receiving, 1 rushing, 1 punt return) last season.