3 big name players who could be traded this offseason
DeAndre Hopkins is under contract through the 2024 season for the Arizona Cardinals. The past few years saw the Cardinals rise into a relevant team under Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury, but they crashed back down to earth this year.
With Murray now rehabbing a torn ACL he suffered several weeks ago, the Cardinals appear totally lost and would be wise to undergo a bit of a rebuild to try and put a more competitive team on the field. Their offensive line and defense specifically need some love.
Hopkins doesn’t really fit into the Cardinals’ equation long-term, and now that he’s in his 30s, he may desire a location where he has the best chance to win a Super Bowl in hopes of buttoning up his potential Hall of Fame resume.
Also, for the remainder of his contract, the Cardinals can’t save more money on their cap space than they can by trading him in 2023, so it’s likely that he is dealt this coming offseason. They’d have to endure an $11.3 million dead cap hit, but they’d save $19.45 million on their cap number, so they are getting some savings.
Also, they could turn Hopkins into a couple of draft picks or even get a younger player back in return.
My proposal for Hopkins is for the Cardinals to trade him and a fifth-round pick to the Denver Broncos for Courtland Sutton. However, any team who has a need at wide receiver would surely come calling for Hopkins.
I could even see Bill Belichick make a move for Hopkins. Since the Cardinals recently brought in a new GM, I’d think that they’d try and trade Hopkins to a team if his choice.