Following the trade, Mecole Hardman Jr. sent out a pair of tweets that reflected how different the Kansas City receiving corps will look next season.
— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@MecoleHardman4) March 23, 2022
Well … pic.twitter.com/JXajDYb2iE
— Mecole Hardman Jr. (@MecoleHardman4) March 24, 2022
It’s worth mentioning that Hardman could be the ultimate beneficiary of the trade. In 2021, he caught 59 passes for 693 yards, which were both career-highs. With Hill gone, he figures to get even more passes thrown his way in 2022. Given that Hardman is set to be a free agent after the 2022 season, having another career year could benefit his bank account.
One person responded to Hardman with a tweet reflecting that.
😭😭😭 you finna eat tho pic.twitter.com/Wa83ie0h1C
— Dotarachi “James” (@Dotarachl) March 24, 2022
Given that Hardman retweeted it, we’re guessing he’s aware of the potential perks.
But Hardman was not the only Kansas City player to respond. Travis Kelce, who’s undoubtedly found more open spots in opposing defenses because of Hill throughout his career, also paid tribute to Hill.
Brothers for life!! https://t.co/9ZoeRTn0FL
— Travis Kelce (@tkelce) March 24, 2022
There were others. The list includes — but is not limited to — Chris Jones, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Willie Gay Jr., and Dieter Gehrig.
WoW…. lost for words
— Chris Jones (@StoneColdJones) March 23, 2022
10 imma just go grab dat jersey u said I can have .. I aint lying boy! It was privilege to be able to play alongside yu big bro! Not only that having real convos with you, helped me thru alot! Godspeed…literally 🤞🏾🖤 @cheetah
— GLYDE (@Clydro_22) March 23, 2022
Definitely playing with Miami on that Madden 23 😂🔥
— Willie Gay Jr. (@WillieG___) March 23, 2022
— Dieter Gehrig (@GehrigDieter) March 23, 2022
The Chiefs are going to look a lot different in 2022 than they have in recent seasons. The players still in Kansas City are all-too aware of that.