Could wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins be moved this offseason? According to executives around the NFL, that could be the case, as the Arizona Cardinals continue their process of cleaning their house after a disastrous season. If Hopkins is traded, who are the teams that could be potential landing spots for the 30-year old receiver?
According to ESPN, two squads, the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens, might emerge as favorites to trade for DeAndre Hopkins.
“Bill Belichick is a huge admirer of Hopkins’ game and needs a game-changing receiver in the worst way. He’s also one of the league’s most active traders,” an executive says, per the report. “Another team mentioned is Baltimore. In Hopkins, the Ravens would be getting a true vertical threat for Lamar Jackson, who many coaches say needs a rangy target. If Baltimore is serious about keeping Jackson, it’s time to get him more firepower on the outside.”
Looking at the Patriots and Ravens from the outside, one could see where Hopkins would be a significant upgrade. New England can use a kickstart to an offense that was 17th in points scored this season. The paring could be interesting, considering Bill O’Brien is the new offensive coordinator. Hopkins and O’Brien famously didn’t get along when they were with the Houston Texans (O’Brien was the head coach at the time).
As for the Ravens, they’ve searched for a bonafide wide receiver for years. The players they have signed or drafted at that position have either been injured or just haven’t produced like they expected.
If Hopkins ends up with the Patriots or Ravens, it could be a move that elevates both to contender status, if it’s the receiver we’re used to seeing.