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The National Football League (NFL) has started their off-season trades and signing and so far, there have been some crazy and questionable trades. The NFL draft will be postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, even though the NFL combine already happened. The combine happened February 25 and lasted through March 1, allowing NFL scouts the chance to look at the top college football athletes across the country. A lot of NFL players’ contracts are ending this off-season meaning people are getting re-signed to the same team or new teams and people are also getting traded.
The Houston Texans recently just made a trade that shocked some fans and the team. The Texans traded star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals, with the Texans getting running back David Johnson and a second-round pick. According to ESPN Writer Bill Barnwell, it was a flunked trade for the Texans and the Cardinals got an elite receiver winning in the trade deal.
Hopkins is a 27-year-old elite star receiver, a four-time pro bowler and has been named on four all-pro teams, who has played in the NFL for seven years. Hopkins was a first-round pick and was drafted in 2013, which means Hopkins has played with the Texans for seven years, currently his whole career. The past three seasons were some of Hopkins’ best seasons. In 2017, Hopkins had 96 received catches, a total of 1,378 yards with an average of 14.4 yards per catch and had 13 touchdowns, which is the most touchdowns Hopkins had in a season. In 2018, Hopkins had 115 received catches, equaling the most he had in a season and also had a total of 1,572 yards, the most he had in a season, an average of 13.7 yards per catch and a total of 11 touchdowns. In 2019, he had 104 received catches, a total of 1,165 yards, 11.2 average yards per catch and seven touchdowns.
Hopkins has played with quarterbacks Matt Schaub, T.J Yates, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brian Hoyer, Brock Osweiler and Deshaun Watson. Hopkins and Watson are both from the University of Clemson and are young players and since 2013, the young football stars have lead the Texans through the playoffs, but ended up losing. The 2019 season for the Texans was a great season, with them winning their sixth AFC South Championship with a record of 10-six.
The trade with the Texans and the Cardinals can be considered one of the poorer trades during this off-season. Hopkins is a top three valuable player for the Texans roster, up next to Watson and JJ Watt, but they also lost a key part to their offense, especially with a quarterback like Watson. David Johnson is a running back who missed the whole 2017 season over a wrist injury and cost him to be a back up running back, making Johnson seem not as valuable to the team as Hopkins. The Cardinals quarterback, Kyler Murray, is a young quarterback who is making his way up the ranks of becoming a star quarterback, but so is Watson. The main question some fans might be asking is why did the Texans trade the star receiver? Hopkins’ contract demands were to re-sign with the Texans, but the Texans decided not to, in turn, leading to the trade.
“As I’ve said before, I enjoyed and am proud of my time with the Texans. I have the utmost respect for Coach O’Brien and that will not change. Now, I’m ready to play for the Cardinals,” Hopkins said.