Arizona Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon was non-committal when asked about DeAndre Hopkins' future in Arizona. Hopkins, who the Cardinals acquired during the 2020 offseason, is rumored to be available in trade talks. "We'll see.
I've been in communication with D-Hop. I want to do what's best for him and us, at the same time. When he's ready to come, he'll come and improve his game, too," Gannon said, per the NFL website.
Hopkins has likely finished his stint with the Cardinals
Three years ago, the Cardinals made one of the biggest moves of the 2020 offseason when they landed Hopkins in a blockbuster trade.
But unfortunately, the Hopkins arrival didn't lead the Cardinals to the Promised Land. Hopkins struggled with injuries in the last few seasons and he was also suspended for the first six games of the 2022 season after failing a doping test.
While many believe Hopkins could still be a valuable asset, NFL teams don't really want to pay Hopkins $19.5 million in 2023 and $14.9 million in 2024. Steve Keim, a long-time Cardinals general manager who stepped down from the position in 2022, thinks the Cardinals will need to accept that they probably won't receive a major compensation for Hopkins.
“They’re probably going to have to come to understand that they’re probably not going to get as much as they would if he was a younger player or his contract was considerably lower, where you could get him for a second-round (pick).
It could end up being a second- or third-day draft pick to really get it done. Probably (need to) get a new deal done," Keim recently said. Also, Keim thinks the money Hopkins is scheduled to earn in the next two seasons is the reason why there hasn't been so much interest in the wide receiver.
“Here’s the problem: The problem is his current contract. Hop was his own agent, and I can tell you that wasn’t the easiest (negotiation) in the world. Between him and Larry Fitzgerald, that put all the grey on my beard," Keim said.