Cardinals GM hints at extension talks with DeAndre Hopkins, Kenyan Drake
The Arizona Cardinals are suddenly a team that’s received some lofty expectations next season and that’s due to the players they’ve added in the last two seasons. Ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft, Steve Keim—the general manager of the Cardinals—hinted at extensions for DeAndre Hopkins and Kenyan Drake.
“Both those guys are guys we’d like to have long-term,” Keim said, via the team website. “Again, if it makes our organization better and the opportunity arises, we will certainly do that. I’ve had communication with both their agents. We’ll continue to pound away. The draft is the most important part right now, but we will continue to have ongoing talks with both of those players’ agents.”
During the 2019 season, Arizona acquired Drake from the Miami Dolphins prior to the trade deadline. Upon his arrival to the Cardinals, Drake immediately became a prominent member of their offense.
As a matter of fact, he was able to rush for 643 yards and eight touchdowns in eight games with Arizona. Due to his production in the offense a season ago, the Cardinals placed their franchise tag on him this offseason.
On the other hand, the Cardinals were able to make a splash move by trading for Hopkins. Hopkins, who’s been an All-Pro in three consecutive seasons, was looking to get a new contract from the Houston Texans before being traded.
Since Hopkins has landed with the Cardinals, Keim has expressed how Hopkins can help the team reach the next level in 2020. While Arizona has Kyler Murray on his rookie contract, they are focused on maintaining the weapons around him.