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Obstacles to potential DeAndre Hopkins trade


The Arizona Cardinals are having an offseason of changes. One could involve trading wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. With the arrival of a new coaching staff and quarterback Kyler Murray expected to miss the start of the season recovering from his torn ACL, it is speculated that Hopkins may opt out of Arizona and the Cardinals may seek a trade.

Trading a star receiver shouldn’t be that hard. Although there are obstacles.

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Albert Breer of SI.com believes the Cardinals may only be able to get a Day 2 draft pick for Hopkins.

Why?

injury and age

Hopkins has only played in 19 games over the past two seasons.

He missed six games with the suspension, the other nine related to his hamstring and knee.

If you believe that Hopkins tested positive for trace amounts of a banned anabolic substance, then this may not be a cause for concern. However, if there is a possibility that he has in fact knowingly used a banned substance, it raises questions.

While he’s only missed two games in his entire career before 2021, he’s one of the few to miss practice time to keep up with his health, and he’s missed a lot of games with injuries.

He will be 31 before next season. Despite being an elite receiver, teams can have a downfall like Julio Jones. Age 31 was the beginning of a decline for Jones and AJ Green.

the wages

Hopkins will earn more than $19 million in 2023. There is no guarantee of this. His cap hit would just be salary for the team that received him.

While that’s a sizable cap hit, it’s not nearly as much as a cap hit for Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Christian Kirk, whose contract will count $23 million against the cap in 2023.

Hopkins has $19.45 million non-guaranteed due in 2023 and $14.915 million non-guaranteed in 2024.

Those are great numbers for one of the best receivers in the game.

What can the Cardinals expect to get for Hopkins?

The Cardinals originally acquired Hopkins from the Houston Texans for a second-round pick in 2020.

Can they get a first rounder for them now?

will depend. He would like to go to a competitive team, so this would be a late first round pick. Based on a team’s desperation – say the Packers are trying to persuade Aaron Rodgers not to retire, would they give up their first round pick? maybe.

But since the Cardinals got Hopkins for a second-round pick three years ago, getting one in 2023 wouldn’t be a terrible thing.

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