Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was among the biggest names on the trade block heading into the 2023 NFL Draft.
Nothing came to fruition on this end Thursday night despite Arizona being in wheeling and dealing mode. After the first round, new Cardinals general manager Monti Ossenfort addressed the rumors in speaking with media. His response to Hopkins’ trade talks was pretty surprising. “I don’t foresee that happening,” the front office head said.
It was earlier in the offseason that Arizona gave Hopkins, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, permission to seek out a trade. At 30 years old, he doesn’t necessarily fit into the Cardinals’ current rebuild model. Add in Hopkins wanting to join a contending team, and it seemed that a trade would come together in relatively short order.
Instead, value just hasn’t been there as it relates to a potential Hopkins trade. An acquiring team would be on the hook for nearly $20 million against the cap next season.