DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals

Cardinals shockingly release five-time All-Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins

After months of speculation, the Arizona Cardinals shockingly decided to release star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

The Cardinals will take a $22.6 million dead cap in 2023 but will save $8.15 million in cap space. Hopkins was set to make a team-high $30.75 million, which was the highest among wide receivers.

 

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Arizona attempted to garner a trade market for the star wideout, but the organization’s high asking price likely led to diminished activity around the league. The Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, and New England Patriots reportedly had interest in the 30-year-old.

Hopkins will now have the opportunity to sign with any team through free agency for the first time in his career. The early speculation should see the Bills, Ravens, and Patriots all express interest.

Meanwhile, teams such as the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles could jump into the mix. Hopkins will likely prioritize a team that will give him a significant role as well as a chance to compete for the Super Bowl.

Despite missing the first six games of the 2022 season due to violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, he recorded 64 catches for 717 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Hopkins remains one of the game’s top wide receivers that can be a game-changing option.

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His resume speaks for itself positing more than 1,000 receiving yards six times and 100 receptions on four occasions. He’s earned five Pro Bowl selections and five All-Pro Bowl nods.

Hopkins will have the opportunity ahead to reignite his NFL career and showcase his elite talent in new scenery.

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