DeAndre Hopkins was cut by the Arizona Cardinals on Friday. Which four teams stick out as being the best fit for his services? The great thing for Hopkins now is that he can sign with whatever team he wants, and there really isn’t any sort of time crunch for him to do so.
He was cut by the Cardinals on Friday, in what was a shocking move. I guess no team wanted to give up even a seventh round pick for the contract he was on. Now the 30-year-old wide receiver will head to free agency for the first time and will get to pick the team himself.
The biggest hurdle for that may also be the money, especially if he wants to play for a contender that doesn’t have a ton of cap space. We aren’t going to pay attention to the cap space in this article, as we’re merely going to list the four teams that make the most sense for the stud wide receiver.
DeAndre Hopkins: Four teams that make the most sense
The Ravens have seemingly needed a true WR1 for ages now. They signed Odell Beckham Jr to a shockingly high contract this offseason, but I am not high on that addition. They also brought in Nelson Agholor in free agency and drafted Zay Flowers in the 2023 NFL Draft.
Right now, I don’t think much of their current WR core, even if they made multiple additions. Adding Hopkins to the mix for Lamar Jackson and Todd Monken, an offensive coordinator who loves to throw the ball, would be a lovely marriage.
Outside of Stefon Diggs, the Buffalo Bills don’t have a ton else to write home about at pass catcher. They took tight end Dalton Kincaid in the 2023 NFL Draft, but he, Gabe Davis, and Stefon Diggs might not be enough. Diggs is a great receiver but opposing defenses are going to be eyeing him even more.
Adding DeAndre Hopkins makes a ton of sense. It gives Buffalo two true threats at wide receiver and may help the offense take another step forward. With questions about the run game, getting even stronger at WR is a logical move.
With Jameson Williams being suspended to begin the 2023 NFL season, the Detroit Lions are projected to start Amon-Ra St. Brown, Josh Reynolds, and Marvin Jones Jr at wide receiver. It’s not the worst trio, in fact their WR core with Williams in the mix is pretty deep, but will that be enough for them to contend this year?
Probably not. Adding DeAndre Hopkins to the mix would make this offense even scarier than it was last year. Jared Goff was remarkably efficient, so adding an elite pass catcher might help him reach new heights. Plus, the NFC North appears to be wide open, so this might be a move to put the Lions over the top.
Kansas City Chiefs
Somehow, the defending Super Bowl champions would be a perfect match for DeAndre Hopkins. They traded Tyreek Hill away to the Miami Dolphins before the 2022 season, and they responded by winning the Super Bowl.
They truly do not need Hopkins at all, but their offense is missing a true WR1 since Hill is no longer in the mix. Hopkins would be come the most talented WR Mahomes has had, and perhaps the most talented pass catcher overall he’d throw to.
The team drafted Rashee Rice in the 2023 NFL Draft but did lose JuJu Smith-Schuster in free agency, so the need for them to add another WR is obvious.