DeAndre Hopkins played the first seven seasons of his career with the Houston Texans, and after being released by the Arizona Cardinals last week, the 30-year-old is considering a homecoming with his old team.
“Hopkins, who was a three-time All-Pro while playing for the Texans, is interested in re-joining his former team, a person with knowledge of the situation said,” wrote the Houston Chronicle's Brooks Kubena on Thursday.
“Hopkins is gauging multiple teams as a free agent, and those include the franchise that once traded him. But he spent seven seasons with the Texans after they made him their 2013 first-round pick, and he still has family living in Houston.”
The Texans have a clear need to add a wide receiver in 2023, and Hopkins would certainly fit the bill with an organization he is quite familiar with. After tearing his ACL 10 games into the 2021 season, Hopkins returned in 2022 and recorded 64 catches for 717 yards and three touchdowns through nine games.
Houston traded Hopkins to the Cardinals in 2020, a shocking move that the WR did not at all expect. With young star quarterback CJ Stroud now in Houston, and GM Nick Caserio working to actively improve the team around him, there could be a fit.
“We always look at any players that can help us win,” new head coach DeMeco Ryans said last week. “We'll explore all options. I'll never throw anyone off the table. Everything is an option for me.”
The team's roster is still nowhere near set for 2023, meaning cap space is completely up in the air as of early June.
“One of the major obstacles hindering a possible reunion is Houston's cap space situation. The Texans will only have about $5.7 million in cap space upon signing Stroud and No. 3 overall pick Will Anderson Jr.,” wrote Kubena.
Although the Houston Texans will need to clear space to bring DeAndre Hopkins back to Texas, it's certainly an intriguing option for the star wide receiver in 2023.