The NFL trade market is rapidly taking off, with big-named players like Jalen Ramsey (Rams to Dolphins) D.J. Moore (Panthers to Bears), Darren Waller (Raiders to Giants), Stephon Gilmore (Colts to Cowboys) and Shaq Mason (Buccaneers to Texans) already switching teams.
The football world is also closely following the situation of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who may or may not be traded to the New York Jets. Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and Arizona Cardinals wideout DeAndre Hopkins are two other notable names to follow on the trade market as well.
According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, the Cardinals are seeking “hefty compensation for” the perennial Pro Bowl wideout, including at least a day two selection in the draft:
“The belief from teams I’ve spoken to is the Cardinals want hefty compensation for WR DeAndre Hopkins (a premium Day 2 pick and more). His age (30) and last year’s suspension are issues for some teams, but a new team would be getting a premier receiver who, I’m told, is highly motivated to reaffirm his spot among the best. And his deal is fairly manageable, with $34.4 million over two years that can be restructured to save nearly $10 million in cap space this year. Hopkins appeared in just nine games but produced at a high level, pacing for 121 catches for 1,354 yards over a 17-game season despite uneven quarterback play.”
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Three years ago, the Cardinals hosed the Houston Texans by acquiring “Nuke” and a fourth-round draft selection in exchange for veteran running back David Johnson, plus second and fourth-round draft picks.
Arizona is coming off a miserable season in which they finished 4-13 on the year. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury was fired and replaced by ex-Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon. GM Steve Keim resigned for health reasons and was replaced by Monti Ossenfort.
J.J. Watt and A.J. Green, both pending free agents, announced their respective retirements. Zach Allen, arguably their best defensive player of 2022, has also reached an agreement on a deal with the Denver Broncos.
There has been plenty of turnover in Arizona following one of the worst seasons in franchise history, and it’s likely only a mater of time until the Hopkins domino follows next.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.