Sports Illustrated's NFL insider Albert Breer is reporting that some teams think the Arizona Cardinals will "wind up cutting DeAndre Hopkins." Hopkins, who has two more years on his current contract, is scheduled to be paid $19.5 million in 2023 and $14.9 million in 2024.
Even before free agency started, there were rumors indicating that the Cardinals were looking to part ways with Hopkins - who missed a significant number of games in the last two seasons. The Cardinals are willing to make a deal on Hopkins but the trade market has been pretty soft on the former All-Pro wideout.
The general belief is that teams aren't showing much interest in Hopkins because no team wants to pay the wide receiver nearly $20 million in 2023. If Hopkins gets cut, he will be free to sign wherever he wants. “Some teams think that the Cardinals will wind up cutting him.
His market is not great right now," Breer said on the Greg Bedard Podcast, per Sports Illustrated.
Hopkins heard the rumors
In 2020, Hopkins didn't really believe when the rumors started circulating that the Houston Texans were looking to trade him.
When the rumors began to spread that the Cardinals were looking to move on from him, Hopkins started paying attention. “You know, when you hear some of those trade rumors, you hate to think that all those things are lies.
I’ve been traded before. Heard speculation about it and kind of shooed it off. I was like, ‘Nah the Texans would never trade me.’ Then next thing you know, here I am going to the Cardinals, so we’re keeping close attention to the tabloids, but we don’t put anything in the tabloids ourself.
DeAndre Hopkins gonna do what DeAndre Hopkins do when I’m on the field, and that’s all that matters," Hopkins said last month.