The NFL's new league year began last Wednesday, so teams are free to make trades. With the Dallas Cowboys acquiring receiver Brandin Cooks over the weekend from Houston, that means two things: The trade market for Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins, a five-time Pro Bowler, is heating up with one fewer option off the market and Dallas might be out of the running now. SportsLine offers updated odds on Hopkins' next team.
When we touched on Hopkins' next team back in January, the Green Bay Packers were the betting favorites and while they still could use some receiving help, Hopkins reportedly wants to be traded to a Super Bowl contender and the Packers aren't that once the trade of Aaron Rodgers to the New York Jets is official. While Rodgers reportedly asked the Jets to sign fellow free-agent WR Odell Beckham Jr., who remains on the market, he didn't request that Hopkins join him with the Jets. They don't need Hopkins after adding Rodgers' former teammate Allen Lazard.
We can't completely rule out the Cowboys but there's only so much money the team can spend on the wide receiver room and Dallas had to restructure Cooks' contract to make that deal work, turning $8 million of his $12 million base for 2023 into a bonus, thus making his salary $4 million. The Cowboys also gave up a fifth-round draft pick this year and a sixth-round pick next year.
NFL's Ian Rapoport tweeted in the wake of the Cooks trade that Hopkins "talks are ramping up among the interested teams" and a trade "would likely mean an altered contract." Hopkins currently has two years remaining on his current deal that will pay him a base salary of $19.450 million (non-guaranteed) in 2023 and $14.915 million in 2023. Arizona's asking price is reportedly a premium Day 2 pick and more.
Hopkins previously was reported to be interested in moves to either the Los Angeles Chargers or the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he isn't a need on either. The Bolts decided not to release Pro Bowl wideout Keenan Allen, and the Jags now have an eligible Calvin Ridley for 2023.
Kansas City has a massive need after losing both JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman in free agency. New Chiefs defensive end Charles Omenihu took to Twitter on Monday to send a recruiting message to Hopkins, his former teammate with the Houston Texans.
New England landed Smith-Schuster but at a pretty team-friendly deal and would have room for Hopkins, who played for current Pats offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien when O'Brien was the head coach in Houston.
Tennessee has one of the worst groups of wideouts in the NFL, especially after releasing Robert Woods last month. Titans coach Mike Vrabel spent four seasons (2014-17) alongside Hopkins in Houston.
Browns QB Deshaun Watson could be pushing the team behind the scenes to land his former Texans teammate as those two clearly had chemistry. Minnesota is a bit of a new player after releasing former Pro Bowl wideout Adam Thielen, but if the Vikes couldn't afford Thielen, why give up a pick(s) and pay Hopkins more? Plus, Hopkins hasn't played a full season since 2020 due to injury/suspension.
The free-agent market for Beckham Jr. will potentially affect where Hopkins lands. New England has been in on OBJ, for example.
Via SportsLine oddsmakers: Which will be DeAndre Hopkins' next team?
- Chiefs +300
- Patriots +400
- Browns +500
- Ravens +600
- Titans +900
- Vikings +1000
- Cowboys +1200
- Packers +1300
- Bills +1400
- Falcons +1500
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