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Chris Perkins: I wonder how Dolphins owner Steve Ross views the latest Tyreek Hill mess

The Miami Dolphins are in a race with wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

The finish line of this race, which would hopefully be a Super Bowl victory, is a long way away.

And in what some would say is a predictable development, a dark-horse entry in the race, Hill’s off-the-field actions, such as the lawsuit filed against him Friday that claims he broke the leg of a female social media influencer, is threatening to take the lead. It’s an ugly collective that, regrettably, could win.

That’s bad news for everyone.

So, here’s the reality: If you’re Dolphins owner Steve Ross, and Hill continues acting this way, making these types of headlines, at this cost, (he’ll count as $31.3 million against the salary cap this season) without delivering a Super Bowl title, how much is he really worth to your franchise?

If you’re Ross you’ve got to think about things this way: The Kansas City Chiefs traded Hill to my team in a basically five-for-one deal, I gave Hill a huge contract (four years, $120 million), and then the Chiefs won back-to-back Super Bowls without Hill, beating my team twice, including in the playoffs, en route to their second title this past season.

So, if you’re Ross, what’s your conclusion on Hill’s value?

That’s also what Hill must consider as he continues to behave this way.

It’s one thing for Hill to be in the news for his house being on fire, allegedly filing for divorce, or challenging social media giant Jake Paul to a boxing match.

It’s something else entirely for Hill to be making news for the lawsuit filed in Broward County on Friday by the influencer claiming Hill broke her leg during a football drill in his backyard.

Or to be in the news for a confrontation with someone at a Haulover Beach marina.

Or for allegedly having paternity suits filed against him.

Whether or not Hill is at fault for the last three, it’s unseemly.

And here’s where Hill, a future Hall of Famer, has got to be greatly concerned: at some point his off-field business collides with his money.

At some point, Hill, nicknamed Cheetah, won’t be the fastest player on the field.

The Dolphins know that.

For now, he’s staying a few steps ahead of Father Time.

Hill had a career-best and franchise-record 1,799 yards receiving yards this past season.

But Father Time plots against athletes, especially speedy athletes, and Hill, the Dolphins’ speedy All Pro, is no different.

Hill turns 30 this Friday, the point at which Father Time starts closing the gap at a scary pace.

For the rest of his career Hill will be on the wrong side of 30 years old.

At some point, Hill must realize what the Dolphins are doing isn’t working (they don’t have an AFC East title or a playoff victory) and if that trend continues in 2024, for a third consecutive season, changes will most likely be made at many levels.

Hill, the player with the most value, the player who could help Miami re-tool on the fly, will be high on the trade list if he’s misbehaving.

T he Dolphins are aware of the latest allegations against Hill. General manager Chris Grier addressed it Wednesday at the NFL scouting combine.

“We were made aware of it,” Grier said. “We were in communication with NFL security, so really can’t comment on any of that until all that stuff gets — we get all our information and find out what happened.

“But, for us, Tyreek has been a good addition for us, but in terms of the off-field stuff, we’ll get all the information before we can really comment on it.”

I’m a huge Tyreek Hill fan, as you know.

I touted him for league MVP last season, and I voted for him as team MVP.

You know my credo the past two season.

This Dolphins offense is about two things: Tyreek Hill, and the threat of Tyreek Hill.

The way things are constructed now, without Hill, the entire offense comes crashing down.

That’s Hill’s advantage.

But if the Dolphins don’t produce big results, what good is it having Hill at such a big cost?

That’s Hill’s reality.

That’s the NFL reality.

Hill is a leader on the Dolphins.

Hill is a tone-setter.

Hill is also becoming a lightning rod.

It might be OK to make headlines for the wrong reasons when your team is winning and you’re one of the main reasons for the wins.

But when your team isn’t winning, changes will eventually be made.

For now, Hill is still comfortably winning the race.

He’s ahead of the Dolphins, he’s ahead of Father Time, and he’s even ahead of common sense.

He’s out-running them all.

For now.