Texans trade WR DeAndre Hopkins for Cardinals


Adam Schefter of ESPN broke the news on Monday that the Houston Texans are sending All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals. In the deal, the Texans will receive a 2020 fourth-round pick, Arizona’s 2020 second-round pick and their 2021 fourth-round pick, to go along with running back David Johnson.

The news of the Texans’ blockbuster trade came hours after Peter King from Football Morning in American reported that two teams expected to move on from Hopkins due to their lack of draft picks heading into April’s NFL draft.

Hopkins, 27, spent seven seasons with the Texans where he became one of the top receivers in the league. In 2019, Hopkins finished the year with 104 receptions for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns — his third straight 1,000-yard receiving season.

The Texans will take on all of Johnson’s salary, according to Schefter. Johnson, who signed a three-year, $39 million contract extension in 2018, has cap hits of $10.2 million in 2020 and $7.9 million in 2021.

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