After being released by the Arizona Cardinals, DeAndre Hopkins has become the talk of the town as the biggest name remaining in free agency.
There are a ton of rumors floating around where he may sign and we should have the answer relatively soon.
Especially now that his contract demands have finally been revealed. But as it turns out, it’s unfortunate news for the Buffalo Bills.
According to The Athletic, “Hopkins wants a deal similar to what the Baltimore Ravens gave Odell Beckham Jr., who signed a one-year deal worth $15 million guaranteed with another $3 million in incentives.”
Clearly, the superstar wide receiver wants to be paid handsomely while chasing a ring.
For this reason, we might have to scratch the Bills off of the list of potential landing spots for DeAndre Hopkins, per The Athletic.
“Three executives from around the NFL, some with direct knowledge of what the free-agent receiver wants in his next contract, inform The Athletic the Bills simply don’t have enough salary-cap room to accommodate Hopkins’ terms.”
Having said that, DeAndre Hopkins has said multiple times he’d love to play alongside Josh Allen. Even so, his contract demands are higher on his priority list, via The Athletic.
“Hopkins publicly has expressed a strong desire to play with Bills quarterback Josh Allen, but one of the league executives, who has communicated with Hopkins’ camp, said his preferred passer won’t supersede his preferred payout.”
It’s a bit of shame the Bills can’t afford signing DeAndre Hopkins as he’d put the roster over the top for a serious Super Bowl run.
In the meantime, there are still at least two teams to monitor closely as possible suitors for Hopkins. Those being the Kansas City Chiefs and New England Patriots.
We’ll see how it plays out, but his contract demands are clearly altering his 2023 season outlook.