Prominent NFL writer Jeremy Fowler says the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills are locked in a two-horse race to sign DeAndre Hopkins for the upcoming season. After months of speculation, the Arizona Cardinals finally let go of the wide receiver. Now he is free to negotiate with the team he wants to play for.
With such a high-caliber player as a free agent, it’s no surprise that other teams are on high alert. The 30-year-old, however, did not have a productive season last term, registering an underwhelming 717 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns in 9 games. This caused the Cardinals to finish with an abysmal 4-13 record.
Not too long ago, he posted a cryptic message on his Instagram, which prompted the fans to believe that Hopkins is close to joining the Houston Texans. Moreover, ESPN Fantasy Sports analyst Liz Loza even joined in, saying that Hopkins could eventually end up playing for the Kansas City Chiefs. Now Jeremy Fowler’s remarks about Hopkins being chased by both the Chiefs and the Bills have put fuel to the fire.
Besides the Chiefs and Bills trying to sign Hopkins, for which they will have to spend a pretty penny, other teams have also shown interest in the three-time First-Team All-Pro wideout. The New York Jets are also in the mix, and if Hopkins does join them, it will definitely be the backbone of a strong squad.
The Jets already have Allen Lazard in their ranks, along with Mecole Hardman Jr. and the previous year’s official Rookie of the Year, Garrett Wilson. Moreover, with their newest addition to the team, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, the Jets will surely be favorites to have a great season. However, with the signing of Rodgers, the Jets are cash-stricken at the moment and might not even go for Hopkins.
It’s a similar story in the Chiefs camp, as Fowler mentioned that they gave Donovan Smith a big contract to play left tackle. This means they too have to be very shrewd while striking a good deal to sign the former Clemson man.
Hopkins, while talking on the I AM ATHLETE podcast, revealed that he had hired Klutch Sports’ Kelton Crenshaw to represent him. The agency later confirmed it via its Twitter account.
There’s even talk of Hopkins reuniting with Deshaun Watson at his former team to play for the Cleveland Browns. The two know each other from their time at the Houston Texans, where Hopkins started out his NFL journey.
However, the Cardinals themselves will have to spend a large amount, as Hopkins would demand similar money as Odell Beckham Jr. of the Baltimore Ravens. The WR has similar credentials to the former Super Bowl winner.
Ishan Misra is a journalist at Firstsportz. A Master's degree holder in English from Kolkata. He currently covers NFL news. He is also a massive Chelsea FC fan and loves talking about football. When he is not working, you might find him reading graphic novels and watching retro movies.
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