Tyreek Hill on why he chose Miami over Jets: ‘State taxes’

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The NFL’s highest-paid receiver at $30 million annually, Dolphins newcomer Tyreek Hill has been worth every penny, pacing all receivers in yards (477) while trailing only reigning Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp for the league-lead in catches through four weeks. When Kansas City wouldn’t meet his asking price in contract talks this offseason, Hill demanded a trade, setting his sights on one of two AFC East teams. Hill acknowledged he was almost traded to the Jets, but preferred Miami for one simple reason—Florida is one of eight states (the others being Texas, Nevada, Washington, Tennessee, Alaska, Wyoming and South Dakota) where residents aren’t subject to personal income taxes.

Miami has long been a preferred destination for free agents and while its warm climate and abundance of beachfront property are both major draws, South Florida’s biggest selling point, at least to savvy investors like Hill, is paying fewer taxes. If Hill’s primary objective is to secure generational wealth for his family, relocating to Florida was a shrewd business decision. Though he could have made up for it in other ways (we all know the Big Apple offers no shortage of endorsement and branding opportunities for star athletes), Hill is acutely aware of how much money he’d lose to Uncle Sam playing in New Jersey, which, on average, boasts the highest property taxes as well as the third-highest state income taxes.

After only showing fleeting glimpses of his personality throughout his six-year tenure in Kansas City, Hill has cultivated a completely new image upon joining the Dolphins, emerging as one of the more outspoken voices in football with his criticism of former teammate Patrick Mahomes, praise for Tua Tagovailoa and unwavering confidence in coach Mike McDaniel. Speaking of Tagovailoa, the Dolphins will be without their star quarterback this week and perhaps longer following a scare in Thursday night’s loss to Cincinnati, suffering his second concussion in as many games. Asked if he envisions his production dropping with backup Teddy Bridgewater in the lineup, Hill responded as only he could.

Hill’s next opponent, ironically enough, will be the team he just snubbed, traveling to East Rutherford for a date with the 2-2 Jets.

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