The Patriots attempted to work out a trade for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins before the Texans dealt him to the Cardinals. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Before the Cardinals swung their blockbuster deal for DeAndre Hopkins, the Patriots tried their hand with the Texans, Albert Breer of The MMQB (Twitter video link) hears. The Patriots were in on talks for the wide receiver over the past couple of weeks, but ultimately did not get a deal done.

During the talks, the Patriots might have been operating with the assumption that they’d be reunited with Tom Brady. Of course, that’s no longer the case – Brady announced on Tuesday morning that he’s leaving New England. Bill Belichick and the Patriots are of course no strangers to bringing in big-name receivers, like when they traded for Randy Moss way back in 2007 or when they briefly signed Antonio Brown last season.

It’s possible that they made a push for Hopkins as part of a broader effort to entice Brady to stay. Despite the dominance of their defense New England’s offense struggled for much of last season, and the Pats were frequently criticized for not giving Brady enough weapons after the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.

It’s unclear what the Patriots were offering, although it’s possible that the Texans weren’t inclined to send him to a conference rival and would’ve preferred to send him to the NFC even if the compensation was similar or better. Texans coach/GM Bill O’Brien has been on the receiving end of a lot of flak for the startlingly small package he got from Arizona, but at least he was on the phone with multiple teams.

As for New England, Breer adds that they’re still looking at tight ends and receivers, so don’t expect them to give up on upgrading the offense. Obviously finding a new quarterback is now the top priority, but whoever it is will need an upgraded receiving corp. Julian Edelman, who has been Brady’s reliable safety blanket over the years, will turn 34 in May.

This article first appeared on Pro Football Rumors and was syndicated with permission.



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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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