The Arizona Cardinals have put a premium price tag on wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins as trade rumors continue to swirl around the talented pass-catcher.
According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, the Cardinals are asking for a “2nd round pick plus something else of value” in exchange for Hopkins, who is also due to make $19.45 million in cash next season.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler also reported that the Arizona Cardinals are seeking “hefty compensation” for Hopkins, which could include a premium Day 2 draft pick and more. However, Fowler notes that Hopkins’ age (30) and last year’s suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy could be issues for some potential suitors.
Despite those concerns, Hopkins has a long track record of success and has shown the ability to perform at a high level on underperforming teams. He finished last season with 64 catches for 717 yards and three touchdowns in nine games, and he’s reportedly “highly motivated” to bounce back in 2023 and reaffirm his spot among the best in the league.
Hopkins’ contract is also considered “fairly manageable,” with the former Clemson star set to earn $34.4 million over the next two seasons. There’s also the possibility of restructuring his contract to lower his $30.75 million cap hit for the upcoming season.
For a team in win-now mode, adding a player of Hopkins’ caliber could be a game-changer. While his age and suspension could give some teams pause, there’s no denying his talent and ability to take an offense to the next level.
At the same time, the Cardinals are in a good position to shop Hopkins and try to land a large return. If they’re unsuccessful in finding a suitable trade partner, they can still count on Hopkins to be their No. 1 receiver next season.
Overall, it’s clear that the Cardinals are not willing to part with Hopkins for cheap. They know the value he brings to their team, and they’re setting a high price to reflect that.
It remains to be seen if any teams will meet that asking price, but one thing is clear: Hopkins is a player worth pursuing for any team in need of a top-tier wide receiver.