The New England Patriots have emerged as a potential landing spot for star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
As the top free-agent on the market after his recent release by the Arizona Cardinals, Hopkins has generated significant interest across the league.
Russini also revealed that while the Buffalo Bills have engaged in conversations regarding Hopkins, they are not committed to pursuing him. “The Bills are not all in on this. They’re listening, they’re watching, they’ve had conversations, but they’re not jumping into the pool,” Russini reported.
Additionally, both the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets have shown no current interest in acquiring the talented wideout according to Russini.
During her analysis, Russini emphasized that teams have varying degrees of seriousness when it comes to pursuing Hopkins. Money is a significant factor, as the wide receiver is reportedly seeking a favorable deal.
An NFL executive expressed a willingness to sign Hopkins for a mere $2 million if he’ll take it, but not more. Knowing Hopkins will go for a much bigger deal.
It is believed that Hopkins desires a contract similar to the one-year deal Odell Beckham Jr. signed, which is reportedly worth “up to” $18 million, with $15 million in guarantees.
Russini adds that Hopkins will embark on visits to potential suitors in the coming weeks.
Hopkins’ departure from the Cardinals marks the end of a three-year stint that saw him establish himself as one of the premier pass-catchers in the league. Known for his exceptional hands, route-running ability, and acrobatic catches, Hopkins has consistently showcased his dominance, amassing numerous accolades throughout his career.
During his time in Arizona, Hopkins formed a formidable partnership with quarterback Kyler Murray, displaying exceptional chemistry on the field. However, despite his stellar performances, the Cardinals made the surprising decision to part ways with the talented receiver, presenting an unexpected opportunity for teams in need of offensive firepower.
As the Patriots express their interest in Hopkins, it remains to be seen how negotiations will progress. The addition of Hopkins to their roster would significantly bolster their receiving corps, providing quarterback Mac Jones with a premier target to develop chemistry with.
The Patriots’ reputation for maximizing the potential of their players could serve as a compelling factor in attracting Hopkins to New England.