In no way did we expect star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to be included in the deal. But here we are. According to several reports, Houston has dealt one of the game’s top receivers and a fourth-round pick to Arizona for a 2020 second-round pick and 2021 fourth-round pick.
Texans traded DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth-round selection in 2021 in exchange for David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round selection— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) March 16, 2020
It goes without saying that this is a lopsided trade in Arizona’s favor. Hopkins, 27, has put up an average of 105 receptions for nearly 1,400 yards over the past three seasons. Johnson tallied less than 400 rushing yards last season.
The NFL world reacted in kind.
Deandre Hopkins is 27 and the Cardinals just got him with 3 years left on his contract for 12.5M, 13.5M and 13.9M at the cost of a cooked RB who was eating their cap space and a 2nd rd pick. Maybe the best WR in the NFL.— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) March 16, 2020
This can't be real
Violating my own media rule here: the relationship between Bill O’Brien and DeAndre Hopkins was not good, and I’ve heard that from multiple places.— Mike Meltser (@MikeMeltser) March 16, 2020
My own take: Bill O’Brien hasn’t accomplished enough in his life in football to have a bad relationship with a tremendous player
I covered many Houston Texans game this past season and multiple times while I was on the sideline during the game I observed frustrations between DeAndre Hopkins and Bill O’Brien. Something always seemed off…— Dianna (@diannaESPN) March 16, 2020
DeAndre Hopkins had in an incredibly team-friendly deal too.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) March 16, 2020
This is an all-timer for Bill O'Brien.
DeAndre Hopkins has missed 2 career games and averaged 90 catches for 1,200 yards & 8 TDs during his NFL career. And he won't be 30 for two more years.— David Helman (@HelmanDC) March 16, 2020
I don't care if he's heading for a contract dispute, I'm not parting with that for anything short of a 1st.
what on Earth
We must be missing some element of this Hopkins trade, RIGHT? Like, at one point, it felt like Arizona would need to package David Johnson with a pick to get a team to take him on. Now they get Hopkins?? And only really give up an added 2?— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 16, 2020
Does Arizona eat some of DJ’s $?! Wild.
What's next? Texans trade J.J. Watt for Mitch Trubisky and a deep-dish pizza?— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) March 16, 2020
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