The latest rumor is Hopkins could be available, so how could the Texans move on from the star
Would the Texans trade DeAndre Hopkins?
Peter King brought up the rumor. Let's dive into the potential for a Hopkins move.
The full rumor from Peter King in his Football Morning in America column on Monday.
"It might be just pre-draft chatter, but two teams over the weekend told me to watch Houston and DeAndre Hopkins, who has three years and a reasonable $40 million left on his contract, and who'd cause only a $3-million cap hit to the Texans if they traded him. Houston is currently in draft hell, without a top-50 pick in 2020 and 2021, and coach Bill O'Brien has huge needs to fill on his offensive line, in the secondary and overall youth on the front seven; J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus will play this year at 31 and 30."
I have also heard Hopkins and O'Brien haven't always heard the coziest relationship.
There is no way the Texans offensive line could be considered as having "huge needs" to fill. The Texans will have every spot with the exception of right guard locked up and likely unchallenged for multiple years when Laremy Tunsil gets his contract extension.
Yes, there is concern about pass rushing age. That's what free agency is for and that isn't a need for 2020 or perhaps even 2021.
DeAndre Hopkins potentially being on the trading block is malpractice by Bill O'Brien. #Texans— Hayden Winks (@HaydenWinks) March 16, 2020
Nuk is heading into his age-28 season and has the following cap hits on the rest of his contract:
That's WR9-WR15 money in today's market.
Hopkins is wildly underpaid. WILDLY. He is the best wideout in football, and if not the best easily top three.
Whatever team gets him would have him on an amazing deal. It would cost just $3 million for the Texans to trade Hopkins and would lead to a savings of $11 million according to Spotrac.
The idea the Texans might be scared of Hopkins wanting a new contract doesn't make sense. Again, it doesn't make sense.
The new CBA has massive penalties for a player who is sitting out training camp. There is no leverage for Hopkins to try to get a new contract. None. So worries about a new deal would be silly. Unfortunate for Hopkins that the market outpaced him but the Texans have no reason to even entertain a new deal for Hopkins and again, Hopkins has no leverage.
What could the Texans get?
One year ago this week, Odell Beckham Jr. was traded to the Browns.— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) March 15, 2020
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Odell Beckham went with a player for a first round pick and a third round pick. The Giants also got back two solid players in safety Jabrill Peppers and guard Kevin Zeitler.
If you drop the players and add draft compensation the Texans could certainly rebuild the lack of top draft picks. It is worth noting, most consider this the deepest and best wideout draft class in a while. Would two first round picks or a first and a couple of second round picks get it done?
Amari Cooper was traded for just a first round pick.
Is this enough? Certainly doesn't seem like it would be for a player who has been consistent his whole career and also isn't scheduled to be a free agent for three more years and even then will be 30 years old when his contract runs out.
So, will they do it?
My understanding of the DeAndre Hopkins/Texans situation: The team has consistently received feelers about trading the star WR over the past couple of years. Thus far, the Texans have rebuffed all offers. Would probably take something eye-popping to get their attention.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 16, 2020
God I hope not. Hopkins is the second-best player in the franchise's history and the best offensive player ever. Replacing him with a rookie or veteran, especially when the other wideouts on the roster are unreliable, would be taking a massive step back. It doesn't help the team win in 2020.
Bill O'Brien would be widely criticized for it and he wouldn't be able to show if he is successful right away while Hopkins would likely crush immediately for a new team. He also would have to answer for the move, he is of course the shot-caller now.
It doesn't make sense, but how many times have you seen the Texans operate in a similar manner under O'Brien? A few times. That's the scary part. It is extremely unlikely. Extremely. But not impossible.