DeAndre Hopkins is expected to be traded away from the Arizona Cardinals, but where will he end up? Here’s the latest on what we know.
With the biggest waves of NFL free agency now behind us and the NFL Draft still a while out, attention in the NFL rumors landscape turns to the trade market. While Aaron Rodgers headlines those storylines, it’s largely expected that the MVP-winning quarterback will end up with the New York Jets, it’s just a matter of when.
That leaves DeAndre Hopkins as the biggest name still wholly available on the market. His name has circulated around various teams since his availability was rumored.
The Cowboys were thought to be a front-runner at one point, but after acquiring Brandin Cooks from the Houston Texans, Hopkins is probably more likely going to end up somewhere else. The AFC feels most likely.
Here’s all the latest we know on Saturday about Hopkins, the trade, and various teams involved — or not involved — in the talks.
The Cardinals want a massive package in return for DeAndre Hopkins
Up to now, the package the Cardinals are seeking in return for Hopkins hasn’t been well-known. Jeremy Folwer spoke on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Saturday morning about what the Cardinals are after, H/T Bleacher Report.
“But Hopkins, the issue is the compensation. Talking to other teams, they say that Arizona has wanted a second-round pick and more, maybe even as high as like a Christian McCaffrey package. We’re talking second-, third-, fourth-round picks. They will probably have to come off that to deal Hopkins, who has got $19 million in salary due to him. So, you still have teams like the Bills and the Chiefs and big-ticket teams that are at least looking, window shopping at potential options at receiver.”
The Cardinals want a package similar to what the Panthers got for Christian McCaffrey. The Panthers got a second-, third-, fourth-, and fifth-round pick for CMC last season, a massive haul for one player.
That might be a tough sell to interested teams considering Hopkins is also due nearly $20 million on his current deal. It’s a double-whammy for any team that acquires him.