Arizona Cardinals acquire DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson in blockbuster trade

The NFL, like everything else in American life these days, is in lock-down. On the flip-side, the Saints made it clear that they would do whatever they needed to do to lock up Thomas on what was the largest contract for a receiver in National Football League history. Things will get done, but not in the regular way. Some major stars could be made available.

Of course, trading Hopkins is probably still a long shot for Houston, given the fact that it would certainly hurt Deshaun Watson's growth and that the Texans are in win-now mode.

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Then again, the 2020 draft class is considered one of the deepest ever for wide outs, which could hinder Hopkins' value. Could the Giants be a possible destination?

According to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson, there were rumors throughout all of 2019 that there was friction between Hopkins and coach Bill O'Brien, such to the point that it would end Hopkins' tenure in Houston. Arizona's run-pass ratio of 41.7-58.3 leaned noticeably higher toward the pass than Houston's (44.8-55.2), and while some of that had to do with the quality of the two teams, it seems clear that Hopkins will have more opportunities with Arizona. If healthy, Johnson should be able to at least do what Hyde did previous year, and given his superior receiving skills, he could stay on the field more and eat into Duke Johnson Jr.'s 44 receptions. Right now, they have No. 4, No. 36 and No. 99. "Man, I thought DeAndre Hopkins would never leave Houston", Gordon wrote on Twitter.

  • Lawrence Cooper