The New England Patriots reportedly believe after meeting with DeAndre Hopkins that they had a strong chance of signing the All-Pro wide receiver. As Patriots training camp approaches, though, New England could be in for a battle to land him.

Hopkins, entering his age 31 season, was released by the Arizona Cardinals on May 26. A five-time Pro Bowl selection, Hopkins immediately lined up visits with the Patriots and Tennessee Titans.

DeAndre Hopkins stats (career): 853 receptions, 11,298 receiving yards, 71 touchdowns

Soon after meeting with Tennessee and New England, Hopkins began evaluating his options. A free agent for the first time in his NFL career, the five-time All-Pro selection wanted to weigh his opportunities before making a decision.