The Arizona Cardinals were one busy team on Day 1 of the 2023 NFL Draft. They pulled strings to make a number of head-turning trades. Not one of those trades, however, included the name of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. And judging from the words of Cardinals general manager Monti Ossenfort, it doesn’t seem that there’s a real possibility that Hopkins will be sent to another team.
“I don’t foresee that happening,” Ossenfort said about whether Arizona could trade DeAndre Hopkins during the draft, per Darren Urban.
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Ossenfort further hammered the point by saying “DeAndre is a Cardinal.”
Earlier, the Cardinals traded their No. 12 pick in the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft along with a second-rounder (No. 34) and fifth-rounder (No. 168) to the Detroit Lions for the Lions’ No. 6 pick plus a third-round pick (No. 81). The Cardinals then used the No. 6 pick to select Ohio State offensive tackle Paris Johnson Jr. Also, the Cardinals sent their No. 3 pick and No. 105 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to the Houston Texans for Houston’s No. 12 pick and No. 33 picks in this year’s draft and a first- and second-rounder in the 2024 NFL Draft.
DeAndre Hopkins has two more years remaining on his current contract. In 2023, he is set to earn $19.45 million. In the final year of his deal, he will pocket $14.915 million. Coming off a disappointing 2022 season that eventually led to the firing of Kliff Kingsbury. Hopkins and the Cardinals have ahead of them an intriguing season, especially since the Cardinals believe quarterback Kyler Murray won’t be ready to start the season.