Ravens Tried to Trade For WR DeAndre Hopkins Before He Joined Cardinals

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

In one of the most surprising move this offseason, Houston Texans decided to trade Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona Cardinals. However, it appears that Hopkins could have easily stayed in AFC as Baltimore Ravens made a late push for him. 

Sports Illustrated’s Michael Silver reported during the 2020 NFL Draft night coverage that Ravens were interested in Hopkins prior to his trade to Arizona, but their bid was unsuccessful.

While there is a chance that Ravens’ offer simply wasn’t as good as the one from Cardinals, there are also speculations that Texans didn’t want to strengthen their AFC rival. Instead, Hopkins went to AFC in exchange for running back David Johnson, 2020 second-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick.

Ravens are keen on surrounding their star quarterback Lamar Jackson with offensive weapons and have been reportedly pursuing a wideout addition for some time now. Still, it appears that the team isn’t ready to spend big in order to do so.

Despite having a chance to draft a WR in a historically deep draft for receivers, Ravens opted to address the concerns on defense and take inside linebacker Patrick Queen in the first round. It remains to be seen whether they focus on offense later in the draft.