There’s a domino effect that transpired throughout the NFL over the past few weeks.
Tom Brady‘s return after a brief retirement will also help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers retain some of their starters.
The 2022 free agency period drastically changed the landscape of the NFL in terms of movement and player salaries.
But the mobility in today’s league could be traced to a shocking development that occurred two years ago.
Bill O'Brien rage-quitting on DeAndre Hopkins changed the entire landscape of the NFL
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) March 23, 2022
NFL reporter Bill Barnwell said, “Bill O’Brien rage-quitting on DeAndre Hopkins changed the entire landscape of the NFL.”
That haphazard move started the Houston Texans’ downfall from division champions to doormats.
Worst yet, the Texans only got a 2020 fourth-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick, a 2021 fourth-rounder, and running back David Johnson.
The year before, Houston finished the regular season with a 10-6 record.
In 2020, the Texans finished 4-12 and O’Brien was fired after four games.
In contrast, Hopkins’ arrival helped the Cardinals improve from 5-10-1 to 8-8.
Arizona would make the playoffs in 2021, breaking a five-season drought.
Power To The Players
The Hopkins trade opened up a can of worms for the Texans and the league in general.
In some ways, it showed that players need not wait for the situation to improve.
Instead, they can find a better environment and demand a trade to get there.
From the Texans’ fallout, J.J. Watt joined Hopkins in Arizona.
The trade for Laremy Tunsil also didn’t pan out after he went on injured reserve last season due to surgery on his thumb.
Likewise, Deshaun Watson joined the Cleveland Browns on a five-year, $230 million fully guaranteed deal.