Cardinals Hoping to Get 2nd Round Pick for Pro Bowl WR DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins with Houston Texans in 2018
DeAndre Hopkins with Houston Texans in 2018. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9993505ak)

It’s no secret that the Arizona Cardinals would be willing to part ways with Pro Bowl wideout DeAndre Hopkins if the right offer comes their way. And now we know what that offer should look like.

Longtime Cardinals beat writer Mike Jurecki reported earlier this week that his sources told him the Cardinals are looking to get at least a second-round selection and a conditional pick for Hopkins.

Considering the increase in the value of quality wide receivers in recent years, some might be surprised by the Cardinals not asking for a first-round selection. However, Hopkins’ age, big contract, and the fact that he served a six-game suspension in 2023 for violating NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy are probably making teams cautious about giving significant assets to sign him.

DeAndre Hopkins spent the first seven seasons of his pro career with the Houston Texans, establishing himself as one of the premium wideouts in the league. After unsuccessful contract extension talks, the Texans decided to send him to Arizona in 2020 in exchange for a second-round selection, a fourth-round pick swap, and running back David Johnson.

Hopkins inked a two-year, $54.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals upon his arrival, becoming the highest-paid wideout in the league. It seemed like money well-spent for the franchise at first, as Hopkins delivered 115 catches for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns in his first year. However, the Clemson product would go on to play only 19 games in the following two years due to injuries and suspension, totaling 102 catches and 1,289 yards receiving.

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