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Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson reacts to the DeAndre Hopkins trade

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Earlier on Monday, the Arizona Cardinals acquired stud wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a blockbuster trade with the Houston Texans, and Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson is fired up:

I’m sure Peterson is looking forward to some intense battles with Hopkins in practice.

The Cardinals sent running back David Johnson, a second-round draft pick and a fourth-rounder to the Texans in exchange for Hopkins and a fourth-round pick.

Apparently, Hopkins was not happy with his current contract, as he is set to make $40 million over the next three years. But instead of reworking his deal, Houston elected to trade him.

The 27-year-old is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played 15 games and hauled in 104 receptions for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.

Hopkins, who played his collegiate football at Clemson, was originally selected by the Texans in the first round (27th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.

It didn’t take long for Hopkins to establish himself as one of the league’s best wideouts, as he caught 76 passes for 1,210 yards and six scores as soon as his second season and went on to make his first Pro Bowl in 2015 after snaring 111 balls for 1,521 yards while reaching the end zone 11 times.

Overall, Hopkins has made four Pro Bowls, including an active streak of three straight appearances. He has also earned three consecutive First-Team All-Pro selections.

The Cardinals went just 5-10-1 in 2019, but things just got a whole lot more interesting in Arizona.