Bill Belichick can be quite blunt when answering questions about players who are not on his team.
Last week, it was reported that DeAndre Hopkins will visit New England sometime this week. When asked whether he could confirm a report that Hopkins’ visit would take place this week, Belichick confirmed Patriots have communicated with the 31-year-old.
“I don’t know about that,” Belichick said before Monday’s minicamp practice. “Talked to him, working through it. Not sure.”
When asked about the timing of Hopkins’ visit, he gave an even better response.
“I’m not a travel agent,” Belichick said, via Ben Volin of the Boston Globe.
Hopkins, a five-time Pro Bowler, visited the Tennesee Titans over the weekend as h continues to look for his next team after being released by the Arizona Cardinals.
New England receiver Kendrick Bourne said he welcomes the possibility of Hopkins joining the team.
“I’m a fan of D-Hop,” Bourne said Friday after the team’s organized team activity. “It would be cool. I don’t know the gist of what’s going on, but he is a great player. Anything that would help us win, I’m with.”
The Patriots have immediate salary-cap flexibility to fit Hopkins, with approximately $13 million in space.
The five-time Pro Bowler has been blasted by his former team as reports state Hopkins “did not like to practice” while a member of the Arizona Cardinals, according to ESPN’s Mike Reiss.
Whether or not Hopkins was a willing participant at practice didn’t matter as much when he was reeling off four straight Pro Bowl appearances between 2017-20. In that time, he averaged 1,380 receiving yards per season.
As he meets with interested suitors, Hopkins may want to address the narrative about his work ethic head on.
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