The Baltimore Ravens answered a big question during the offseason when they gave quarterback Lamar Jackson a major contract extension that will keep him with the team at least through the 2027 season. With their quarterback firmly in their grasp, the Ravens gave full consideration to acquiring veteran wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a trade.
Hopkins was recently released by the Arizona Cardinals, and that team spent much of the offseason attempting to trade him. However, it seemed quite clear that the Cardinals would release the soon-to-be 31-year-old receiver if they couldn't work out a deal with another team.
The Ravens seriously considered making a trade for Hopkins, and they did their due diligence and considered multiple factors before backing off, according to a report from The Athletic.
It appears that the Ravens have made the kind of key moves already that will define their wide receiver crew for the upcoming season. They have signed Odell Beckham Jr. to a one-year, $15 million deal, and they have also added veteran Nelson Agholor to a one-year, $3.25 million deal. The biggest move at the position may turn out to be the selection of Boston College wide receiver Zay Smith, who offers impressive speed and could turn out to be a significant big-play threat.
DeAndre Hopkins was limited in the 2022 season, catching 64 passes for 717 yards and 3 touchdowns for the Cardinals in 9 games. However, Hopkins has proved to be a huge big-play threat throughout the majority of his career. He had more than 1,100 receiving yards in 6 of his 10 seasons and has made the Pro Bowl 5 times.