Arizona Cardinals general manager Monti Ossenfort says he "does not foresee" a DeAndre Hopkins trade happening this offseason. At the start of the offseason, it was reported that the Cardinals were ready to move on from Hopkins.
A month and a half into the start of free agency, there appears to be a change in the Cardinals' thinking of Hopkins. “I don’t foresee that happening," Ossenfort said, per Josh Weinfuss.
This month, Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon seemingly confirmed that Hopkins was made aware of the team's plans.
“I don’t foresee that happening”.
- Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort on Arizona trading WR DeAndre Hopkins. — Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) April 28, 2023
"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 earlier this month.
What did Hopkins say about the rumors surrounding him?
When Hopkins heard he could be traded this offseason, he listened very carefully to what NFL insiders had to say.
In 2020, Hopkins was traded from the Houston Texans to the Cardinals in a blockbuster trade. Back then, Hopkins didn't really believe the Texans would trade him - but it happened. “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 in March. In 2023, Hopkins is slated to earn just under $20 million. The general belief is that Hopkins didn't draw much trade interest only because of his contract for 2023. It remains to be seen if Hopkins will indeed stay with the Cardinals.