Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) is now off to Arizona. Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

Issues between DeAndre Hopkins, Bill O'Brien led to trade?

The Houston Texans sent one of the best wide receivers in football to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday in a major blockbuster move.

Bill O'Brien sent DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round pick to the Cardinals in exchange for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick. This is rather odd considering Hopkins has put up five 1,000-plus yard seasons in his seven-year career with the Texans. 

The real question is why in the world would O'Brien send Hopkins to Arizona in exchange for packing peanuts? 

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and current NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin may just have the answer after discussing the situation with Hopkins.

“(Hopkins) told me, Michael, it was a bit of a power struggle there because Coach O’Brien thought he had too much influence over the locker room,” Irvin said of his conversation with Hopkins on ESPN's "Get Up."

“In that meeting, he started the meeting with telling DeAndre Hopkins this, which blew my mind when DeAndre told me this, he told DeAndre Hopkins, he said, ‘Hey, the last time I had to have a meeting like this it was with Aaron Hernandez,’” Irvin said. “I was like, ‘What? He put in Aaron Hernandez in this meeting?’ He said, ‘Yes, he did.’ He said, ‘Michael, that blew my mind that he would even bring that up. I’ve never been in any trouble. I don’t know why he would equate me with Aaron Hernandez.’ And, from there, the meeting just deteriorated.”

The conflict between the two reportedly was much larger than a contract dispute, according to The Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.

The 27-year-old has yet to discuss the trade, but we can only imagine that'll come soon after the news that he and O'Brien didn't have a great relationship.

The only time Hopkins has mentioned the trade was in a few social media posts — one thanking the Texans organization and another one expressing his excitement for the 2020 season.

Given the talent and production of Hopkins, the Texans may regret this trade once the regular season begins.

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. Although many think Boston sports fans are insufferable, Erin tries to see things from a neutral perspective. Her passion is hockey, and she believes defense wins championships. In addition to covering sports for Yardbarker, she covers Boston sports for NBC Sports Boston. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90



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Can you name the players with the most receptions in a season for every NFL franchise?

An asterisk (*) indicates the team was located in a different city than its current location during the season listed.

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ARZ / 109 / 2015,17
Larry Fitzgerald
ATL / 136 / 2015
Julio Jones
BAL / 103 / 2007
Derrick Mason
BUF / 100 / 2002
Eric Moulds
CAR / 116 / 2019
Christian McCaffrey
CHI / 118 / 2012
Brandon Marshall
CIN / 112 / 2007
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
CLE / 89 / 1983, 84
Ozzie Newsome
CLE / 89 / 2006
Kellen Winslow Jr.
DAL / 111 / 1995
Michael Irvin
DEN / 113 / 2001
Rod Smith
DET / 123 / 1995
Herman Moore
GB / 112 / 1993
Sterling Sharpe
HOU / 115 / 2008
Andre Johnson
HOU / 115 / 2018
DeAndre Hopkins
IND / 143 / 2002
Marvin Harrison
JAX / 116 / 1999
Jimmy Smith
KC / 103 / 2018
Travis Kelce
LAC / 104 / 2019
Keenan Allen
LAR* / 119 / 1995
Isaac Bruce
MIA / 112 / 2017
Jarvis Landry
MIN / 122 / 1994, 95
Cris Carter
NE / 123 / 2009
Wes Welker
NO / 149 / 2019
Michael Thomas
NYG / 107 / 2009
Steve Smith
NYJ / 109 / 2015
Brandon Marshall
OAK / 104 / 1997
Tim Brown
PHI / 116 / 2018
Zach Ertz
PIT / 136 / 2015
Antonio Brown
SEA / 94 / 2007
Bobby Engram
SEA / 94 / 2016
Doug Baldwin
SF / 122 / 1995
Jerry Rice
TB / 106 / 2001
Keyshawn Johnson
TEN* / 101 / 1964
Charley Hennigan
WAS / 113 / 2013
Pierre Garcon

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