Former Patriots assistant on DeAndre Hopkins’ trade market: ‘There’s not a lot of action out there on him’
Hopkins reeled in 64 catches for 717 yards and three touchdowns last season with the Cardinals.
The waiting game continues between DeAndre Hopkins and the Arizona Cardinals.
Even though Hopkins, a five-time All-Pro receiver, has been tabbed as a likely trade candidate for the past month, the Cardinals have yet to find the right suitor for the 30-year-old wideout.
Whether it be Rob Gronkowski or Damien Woody, multiple former Patriots have advocated for New England to pursue the veteran receiver this spring.
But according to former NFL executive Mike Lombardi, Arizona hasn’t been fielding many offers for Hopkins since putting his name out on the market.
“I think his market is really soft,” Lombardi said of Hopkins on his “GM Shuffle” podcast. “I don’t think anybody wants to get into the Hopkins business, and then have to redo his contract.”
Lombardi, a confidant of Bill Belichick who assisted New England’s coaching staff from 2014-15, added: “From what I’m told, it’s soft. There’s not a lot of action out there on him. He’s a good player, he’s always covered, but he always comes up with the football. But there are other things that go into this, that I’m not at liberty to discuss that’s probably holding it all back.”
Even though the Patriots replaced Jakobi Meyers with arguably a more dynamic slot option in JuJu Smith-Schuster last week, New England still stands to benefit from adding another big-play threat for Mac Jones in 2023.
Hopkins’ resume and skillset fit the bill.
Despite being limited to just nine games last season with Arizona, Hopkins reeled in 64 catches for 717 yards and three touchdowns. Hopkins finished the year averaging 79.7 yards per game, the 10th-highest mark among all NFL wide receivers in 2022.
But as Lombardi noted, Hopkins’ contract could give New England pause.
Hopkins has two more years left on his current contract, which accounts for a base salary of $19.5 million in 2023 and $14.9 million in 2024.
The Patriots will need to move some money around to accommodate a similar deal, considering they currently have just $8.9 million in effective cap space (per OverTheCap.com).
And even if New England did make the money work or restructured Hopkins’ contract, the Pats still need to be cognizant of the financial commitments that await in 2024 when key cogs like Michael Onwenu, Josh Uche, Kyle Dugger, Hunter Henry, and others hit free agency.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano echoed some of those thoughts on Monday morning when discussing the probability of Hopkins landing in New England.
“I think that they’ve made their strategic moves in free agency,” Graziano said. “Also they’ve made some moves on the offensive line in free agency that they think will help.
“In terms of a big, splash move, no, I don’t get the sense that one is coming from the Patriots. Now, you never do know with Belichick. He could be planning something, but it sounds like they’re going to enter a little bit of a quiet phase, and look for the kind of bargains that he’s built the franchise on in the past.”
Source: Boston Globe
BMX star Pat Casey, 29, killed in motorcycle accident at motocross park in California
Five transfers Man Utd should make to become title contenders including Kane
Prosecution to Determine Relationship between Do Kwon and Europe Now Party Leader
Four Seasons Celebrates Global Michelin Star Leadership
Nikki Haley vows to cut Biden’s ‘disastrous’ energy policies, increase US oil production
How to Make Your Own Homemade Barbecue Sauce
How to Deal If Migraine Is Messing With Your Social Life
Nvidia Says Its New Supercomputer Officially ‘Closes the Digital Divide’
LEGOLAND® NEW YORK RESORT OPENS LEGO® CITY WATER PLAYGROUND!
The Meal Molly Yeh Eats When She’s Feeling Nostalgic
This Artificial Muscle Moves Stuff on Its Own
Royal Family Friend Details Queen Elizabeth’s Heartbreaking Final Days
Council Post: Navigating The Disruptive Landscape Of Generative AI: A VC Perspective
Is US readying to reveal captured alien spacecraft?
Objects in Apple’s Vision Are Closer Than They Appear
Travel23 hours ago
JetBlue To Start New Nonstop Flights to Belize
Finance21 hours ago
Checks & Imbalances: Kari Lake, Still Complaining About Her Gubernatorial Loss, Releases Musical Track
Lifestyle21 hours ago
Chris Perfetti on Landing ‘Abbott Elementary’ and Relating to LeBron With Off-Broadway Play ‘King James’
Sport22 hours ago
Paige Spiranac weighs in on ‘spicy’ PGA Tour, LIV Golf merger
Tech21 hours ago
Dealmaster: Savings on maker tools and board games
News21 hours ago
Virtual Clinics are Battling Inequalities in Women’s Health
Auto21 hours ago
See Honda Odyssey With 2JZ Swap Drag Race Datsun Ute With Massive Blower
Travel22 hours ago
UNWTO AND MSC FOUNDATION TO DELIVER SUSTAINABLE TOURISM EDUCATION AT SEA