This offseason, one of the NFL's top wide outs might become a trade target. Star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins will be traded by the Arizona Cardinals.
Any team would pay a premium to sign Hopkins.
In addition to the price to acquire him, his salary cap hit in 2023 and 2024 will be approximately $20 million and under $15 million, respectively.
He also has a no-trade provision in his contract, giving him the ability to block any potential agreements.
In the event that Hopkins is traded, should the Patriots enter the fray? Yes, to answer briefly.
The Patriots need a legitimate No. 1 target at wide receiver who can dominate defences all over the field.
Due to a PED suspension, he was forced to sit out the first six games of the 2022 season, but after he returned to the field, he excelled.
Hopkins played in nine games for a Cardinals team that was a complete mess all season, recording 64 receptions for 717 yards and three touchdowns.
With a complete 17-game season, those figures translate to 120 receptions for 1,353 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Hopkins has appeared in 13 games on average over the last six seasons for the Texans and Cardinals, averaging 89 receptions for 1,135 yards and eight touchdowns.
It should be emphasised that Hopkins is highly respected by Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
One instance occurred in Arizona during the Patriots-Cardinals game in Week 14 of the previous campaign.