As the trade deadline approached last week, a number of teams tried in vain to acquire a wide receiver for the second half of the 2022 season. Among the recipients who received trading interest was DeAndre Hopkins of the Cardinals, as several teams contacted Arizona about a possible deal. according to NFL media.
The Cardinals were reluctant to trade Hopkins, who returned after missing the first six games of the season after serving a league-mandated suspension. In his first two games, Hopkins caught 22 of 27 targets for 262 yards and scored a goal. The three-time All-Pro caught 12 of 13 targets for 159 yards and scored in Arizona’s 34-26 loss to the Vikings last Sunday, a loss that saw the Cardinals go 3-5 in eight games.
With interest showing up before the deadline, one would expect teams to approach Cardinals CEO Steve Keim again this offseason about a possible trade for Hopkins. Hopkins signed for the 2024 season and is set to earn $19.45 million next season and $14.915 million in the final year of his current contract.
Hopkins was one of several large companies whose name has been the subject of recent trade rumors. The Broncos’ KJ Hamler and Jerry Judy, as well as former Steelers and current Bears Chase Claypool, were also at the center of trade rumors before the deadline. Ultimately, Claypool was the only receiver traded before the deadline expired, as the Bears waived a second-round pick to acquire the three-year veteran. Kadarius Toney was also traded before the deadline, as the Chiefs gave the Giants two future draft picks instead of New York’s former first-round pick.
With Hopkins still in Arizona, the Cardinals will try to get out of their current position. Arizona is currently in last place in the NFC West and two games behind the No. 1 seed Seattle. The Cardinals have three straight games ahead of them against division rivals, including this Sunday’s home game against the Seahawks.