The NFL rarely disappoints in terms of drama during the opening week of free agency and this year is no exception.
The Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals agreed to a blockbuster trade that includes Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report a deal that sends Hopkins and a fourth-round pick to Arizona and in return, Houston receives running back David Johnson a 2020 second round pick and a 2021 fourth round pick.
After recently signing a new five-year deal worth $81 million and with still three years and $40 million remaining on it, Hopkins wanted a new deal and was unhappy, so the Texans traded the Pro Bowl receiver out west to join second-year quarterback Kyler Murray.
Last season with Houston, Hopkins caught 104 passes for 1,165 yards and 7 touchdowns. Over the past five seasons, Hopkins had 504 catches, 6,590 yards and 46 receiving touchdowns, all of which were second in the NFL in that time frame.
Bill O’Brien’s team is picking up a player in Johnson that hasn’t been able to duplicate his career-best season in 2016, mostly due to injuries.
Despite trading Hopkins, quarterback Deshaun Watson will still be surrounded by receivers Will Fuller and Kenny Stills along with Johnson and running back Duke Johnson, whom they acquired last season from Cleveland.