The Houston Texans are rumored to be in talks of trading their All-Pro receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, according to Peter King from Football Morning in American. King reported that two teams said the Texans could move on from Hopkins this offseason due to the lack of draft picks heading into April’s NFL draft.
Although in desperate need of draft picks, the likelihood to part ways this offseason from Hopkins is highly unlikely. The Texans’ would take a huge step back on their “win now” mode, as well as considering how much it would hurt Deshaun Watson — as the two have established themselves as one of the top quarterback-wide receiver tandems in the league.
It might be just pre-draft chatter, but two teams over the weekend told me to watch Houston and DeAndre Hopkins, who has three years and a reasonable $40 million left on his contract, and who’d cause only a $3-million cap hit to the Texans if they traded him. Houston is currently in draft hell, without a top-50 pick in 2020 and 2021, and coach Bill O’Brien has huge needs to fill on his offensive line, in the secondary and overall youth on the front seven; J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus will play this year at 31 and 30.
While his numbers took a slight dip in 2019, Hopkins still ended the season as one of the most elite receivers in the league today. Appearing in 15 of the possible 16 games, Hopkins recorded 104 passes for 1,165 yards, to go along with seven touchdowns averaging 11.2 yards per attempt.
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