Just a week ago, it appeared that the Tennessee Titans were on the verge of blowing it all up and rebuilding.
Rumors swirled about new GM Ran Carthon trading superstar running back Derrick Henry and moving on from quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
Both moves would set the Titans back to square one, but would also offer them salary cap relief as well as additional draft assets.
But not so fast.
With the NFL Draft just hours away, it now appears that Tennessee might not be in rebuild mode after all. In fact, now appears that Carthon may want to gear up for one more run at it with the Titans’ current core.
𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚: The #Cardinals are working on trading WR DeAndre Hopkins and the 3rd overall pick to the #Titans for the 11th overall pick and more, per Mike Florio pic.twitter.com/9UbCkyoS3W
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) April 27, 2023
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that the Titans were in talks to acquire superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins from the Arizona Cardinals.
Not only that, but the move would see the teams swapping first-round draft picks, with Tennessee moving up to No. 3 and Arizona moving back to No. 11. Presumably, Arizona would also pick up a significant amount of additional draft capital from the Titans in the deal.
Fans were all about the move.
I’m here for all the chaos! https://t.co/fE1ij31i5F pic.twitter.com/h8CYJPCSDi
— Nick Cothrel (@NickCothrel) April 27, 2023
My body is ready https://t.co/q6Fvm02FkL pic.twitter.com/VjPd8R2qHL
— Gates Gaines (@Gates27Gaines) April 27, 2023
WHOA 👀👀👀 https://t.co/6R4keMOCBL
— nick (@Tw1sTeDCh4o5) April 27, 2023
Meanwhile, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says that Florio is on the right track. But it might not be exactly the deal that he presented.
While the #Titans have had conversations about a potential trade up to No. 3 — among other spots — they have not had conversations centered around star WR DeAndre Hopkins, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 27, 2023
“While the #Titans have had conversations about a potential trade up to No. 3 — among other spots — they have not had conversations centered around star WR DeAndre Hopkins, source said,” Rapoport tweeted.
Hopkins is 30 years old and will be 31 when the new season starts. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler, but caught just 64 balls for 717 yards and three scores in an injury-plagued 2022 season.
Hopkins also has two years and over $33 million remaining on his contract.
We’ll have more details as the potential deal progresses. But as of now, it’s looking like an absolute blockbuster.