The biggest question surrounding the Arizona Cardinals right now is whether wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will stay with the team.
There has been a lot of speculation that they were going to trade the 30-year-old, but he has remained put, at least for now.
A few days ago, Hopkins came out and shot down the rumors that he himself wants out of Arizona.
But analyst Ryan Clark, a former star defensive back, says that Hopkins should want out because the Cardinals are “gonna suck.”
Is DeAndre Hopkins set to stay put with the Cardinals? 👀
"If you're DeAndre Hopkins, you don't want to be back in Arizona. … In the meantime they're gonna suck." —@Realrclark25 pic.twitter.com/4TW0G2EXMl
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) May 2, 2023
Arizona went just 4-13 in 2022, which was the third-worst record in the NFL, and they had to deal with quarterback Kyler Murray going down late in the season with an ACL injury.
His status for next season is unknown, and if he has to miss some time, that would be a big blow to their chances of snagging a wild-card playoff spot.
Under new head coach Jonathan Gannon, the former defensive coordinator of the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles, the Cardinals are hoping to be competitive in 2023, but they have issues on both sides of the football.
They did manage to acquire the Houston Texans’ first-round draft pick for 2024 in return for the No. 3 selection this year, and that pick could turn out to be very high, which would yield the Cardinals a cornerstone player.
But Hopkins may not want to wait around for that type of help.
Although he may not be the same player he was a few years ago, he is still capable of being a WR1, at least in the eyes of Clark, for a very good team.NEXT: The Cardinals Have Made A Contract Decision On Veteran Linebacker