The Arizona Cardinals tried to trade DeAndre Hopkins for months but to no avail.
They claimed they were happy to keep him, but it was most likely just a tactic to drive his value up, which obviously didn’t happen.
He’s now a free agent, and it has become evident that no team in the league is willing to meet his former value of $20 million.
That’s why Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated cites that the belief around the league is that he’s no longer the player he used to be, adding that people are concerned about his lack of speed and separation now more than ever.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) June 1, 2023
Breer claims that Hopkins can either choose to join a contender on a low-salary deal based on incentives or look to get a last big payday before walking away from the league, even though he may not have a chance to compete at the highest level.
Hopkins is set to turn 31 years old, so no one would blame him for pursuing a big deal while he still can, but he’s netted plenty of money throughout his career already.
Breer says that Hopkins is no longer the can of guy you can build an offense around, but he believes he’s still good enough to give teams something.
He used to be one of the most dominant wideouts in the league, boasting a reliable pair of hands and being a perennial threat to make a spectacular catch on every snap.
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