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If the Arizona Cardinals trade DeAndre Hopkins this offseason, it looks the basic person wide receiver would possess pastime in heading to 2 AFC powerhouses.
All thru an look on CBS Sports activities’ All Issues Covered podcast, Hopkins became as soon as asked to make utilize of his physique language or facial functions to search out out whether or no longer he’d be attracted to being traded to a particular franchise.
Hopkins hinted that he’d utilize a trade to the Buffalo Bills or Kansas Metropolis Chiefs over the New England Patriots or New York Jets.
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Hopkins has been included in trade rumors since the tip of the 2022 season, and the Cardinals are reportedly open to engaging him at the acceptable brand.
Albert Breer of The MMQB reported March 22 that Arizona became as soon as inquiring for a second-round resolve in alternate for Hopkins, nonetheless that the franchise would be more seemingly to procure a return the same to what the Houston Texans got for Brandin Cooks—a 2023 fifth-round resolve and 2024 sixth-round resolve.
The Patriots had early conversations with the Cardinals about a deal for Hopkins, The Athletic’s Jeff Howe reported in March, nonetheless New England is outwardly out on the receiver except it undergoes a “tall trade in philosophy.”
Whereas the Pats lost Jakobi Meyers to the Las Vegas Raiders in free agency, it replaced him with JuJu Smith-Schuster. He joins a neighborhood that contains DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne and Tyquan Thornton.
Moreover, New England has “shown pastime within the tip wideouts” within the 2023 draft class, per ESPN draft analyst Jordan Reid. The team is declared to be eyeing Zay Vegetation, Jordan Addison and Jonathan Mingo.
The Jets also had reportedly expressed pastime in Hopkins this offseason, nonetheless NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported all the draw in which thru an look on the Pat McAfee Uncover Thursday that Gang Green has no longer been linked to the customary no matter striking out on Odell Beckham Jr., who agreed to a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens in free agency.
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The Jets also already possess a somewhat real receiving unit after signing Mecole Hardman and Allen Lazard this summer in preparation for a possible switch for Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Hardman and Lazard be a part of Garrett Wilson, Corey Davis and Denzel Mims as New York’s prime receivers in 2023. Rodgers has an especially real connection with Lazard, too, as they spent five seasons collectively in Green Bay.
The Bills possess been regarded as an challenging destination for many free brokers over the closing several years due to emergence of quarterback Josh Allen. And while Buffalo would certainly back from including Hopkins this offseason, the franchise has already been ruled out for the 30-year-veteran.
The Athletic’s Tim Graham reported March 28 that the Bills would no longer trade for Hopkins “barring a prime construction.”
The Bills are slated to enter the 2023 campaign with Stefon Diggs, Gabe Davis and Khalil Shakir as their prime wide receivers. KeeSean Johnson, Trent Sherfield, Deonte Harty, Dezmon Patmon and Isaiah Coulter are also on the roster.
Kansas Metropolis has also reportedly been ruled out of the Hopkins sweepstakes. KPRC2’s Aaron Wilson reported March 23 that “monetary expectations” would salvage acquiring him a drawback for the Chiefs.
Hopkins is under contract thru the 2024 season and he holds a cap hit of $30.8 million in 2023, per Spotrac.
After losing Hardman to the Jets and Smith-Schuster to the Patriots in free agency, there would possibly perchance be no denying the Chiefs would back from including one other wide receiver this offseason. The team’s fresh neighborhood is led by Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Kadarius Toney and Skyy Moore.
Hopkins has been one among the definitely wideouts within the NFL over his 10-year profession no matter lacking a prime amount of time over the closing two seasons because of anxiousness and a suspension for efficiency-improving pills.
The five-time Pro Bowler has posted six 1,000-plus yard receiving seasons and is coming off a 2022 campaign in which he caught 64 passes for 717 yards and three touchdowns in 9 video games.