There was no question the Dallas Cowboys wanted to improve their wide receiver room this season.
Before the trade deadline, they tried to acquire Brandin Cooks from the Houston Texans.
Then after that fell through, they were firmly in the Odell Beckham Jr. sweepstakes.
But, once it came to light that Beckham would not be ready to play this season, they were out on him.
So the Cowboys ended up signing veteran receiver T.Y. Hilton to fill the wide receiver void.
Heading into next season, adding a wide receiver should be a priority for Dallas.
One star wide receiver is expected to be available on the trade market as well.
That is DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals.
Hopkins has two years left on his current contract, and he will be a perfect fit in Dallas.
Despite entering his age-31 season next year, Hopkins is still playing at an elite level.
In his nine games played this past season, Hopkins caught 64 passes for 717 yards and three touchdowns.
There is no question he would be a difference maker for the Cowboys opposite of CeeDee Lamb.
The Hopkins/Lamb duo would probably be the best in the NFL if it were to happen.
Dallas’ wide receivers not named Lamb have struggled to get open this season.
Noah Brown finished the season with 2.3 yards of average separation. That ranks T-117th out of 121st eligible WR’s/TE’s.
Michael Gallup is at 2.4. Which ranks T-116th out of 121.
Not everyone is a separator, but they also rank 103rd and 112th in catch %.
— Connor Livesay (@ConnorNFLDraft) January 11, 2023
One reason Dak Prescott has thrown 15 interceptions is that he is trying to fit the ball into WRs that cannot separate.
Opposing defenses have started to double-team Lamb, forcing Prescott to make very difficult throws to receivers that are rarely open.
Adding Hopkins would resolve this issue and open the offense up for the Cowboys.
No matter how this season ends for the Cowboys, they should be very interested in Hopkins this offseason.