Free agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins can sign with any team that he pleases, and his contract demands have recently been revealed. In all honesty, what he is apparently wanting in a deal is not unrealistic by any means, and I do think some team serious about signing Hopkins will make him a strong offer.
Multiple reports have indicated what his demands would be, and Bleacher Report talks about both in a recent article:
"The Buffalo Bills’ pursuit of free-agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins might be over for good.The Athletic’s Tim Graham reported Thursday the Bills “simply don’t have enough salary-cap room to accommodate Hopkins’ terms” on his next contract based on input from three NFL executives.Graham also echoed previous reporting from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler about the five-time Pro Bowler seeking a deal similar to Odell Beckham Jr.’s one-year, $15 million contract from the Baltimore Ravens."
So, it seems we can cross the Buffalo Bills off the list for DeAndre Hopkins, and to be honest, they don’t really need him. It would be a luxury signing for them and I don’t think that’s who they should be targeting if they still want to add to their roster, which is already one of the best in the NFL.
Odell Beckham Jr. signed a deal with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason that will pay him at least $15 million, which to me is an insane overpay. I’d have no issue paying that to Hopkins, as I think he’s a much better player at this point than Beckham is.
Hopkins also hasn’t dealt with the rash of injuries than Beckham has during his career.
In a report from Diana Russini of ESPN, she indicated that the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Dallas Cowboys are not serious players for Hopkins, so the options for him appear to be dwindling.
Well, one team that sticks out to me who has the cap space and the need to make this move is the New England Patriots. Could Hopkins put what happened in Houston with Bill O’Brien in the past and embrace a new start? Maybe.
The most attractive part about potentially signing with the Patriots is that Hopkins would clearly be the WR1 and would likely get a bulk of the targets, something I’m sure he’d love.