DeAndre Hopkins was released by the Arizona Cardinals last week. DHop is 30 years old and was injured for a good portion of last season, but there’s no doubt he’s still talented and will be a weapon wherever he ends up. He’s already said he wants to go to a situation with good QB play and stable ownership, which is understandable. DHop’s never been in a spot with both those things at the same time, and he’s at the point in his career where he should get that chance.
Kansas City Chiefs
The top two teams are the obvious choices as not only are both teams attractive destinations for DeAndre Hopkins, but they both could use him to put even more star power into their already loaded offenses. The Chiefs don’t have a truly dynamic outside receiver like DHop, and putting him in an offense with Travis Kelce could be lethal. Kelce has been the acting WR1 in Kansas City despite being a tight end, and Hopkins could be that true WR1 that they’ve been looking for since trading Tyreek Hill. It’s an obvious choice, but one that makes a lot of sense.
The Bills are the other team that will be competing with the Chiefs to convince Hopkins to play for them. DHop would serve as a luxury for Buffalo’s offense, since they already have Stefon Diggs, but if we’re being honest, Gabe Davis didn’t develop last year the way Buffalo had hoped,so Hopkins could take over that role. Putting Diggs and Hopkins in the same offense could be lethal, especially with Josh Allen throwing them the ball. DHop has been the most connected to Buffalo, and I think this is the most likely landing spot for the former Cardinals receiver.
The Lions are actually going to be competitive, not just in the NFC North, but in the conference as a whole. They’re arguably the third best team in the conference, and were the best team in football at the end of last season. Putting Hopkins in the Lions’ WR room with Amon Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams to help further their development could be massive for Detroit, and it would give Jared Goff even more fire power to work with in this offense. It’s unlikely DHop views Detroit on the same level as Kansas City or Buffalo (which makes sense) but the Lions would be a cool spot for him to end up.
If Lamar Jackson truly wants to showcase his arm under new OC Todd Monken, the Ravens should give him all the weapons they can. They’ve already started this by signing Odell Beckham Jr. and drafting Zay Flowers in the first round, but why not load up the WR room even more? OBJ is a massive question mark with his injury history, and Flowers is a rookie, so the Ravens should consider adding Hopkins to this offense with Mark Andrews to give Jackson the best chance at success.
The Cowboys have a chance to create the best WR trio in the NFL by bringing in DeAndre Hopkins. Between him, CeeDee Lamb, and Brandin Cooks, it would give Dak Prescott all the pieces he needs to perform. With these weapons, there’s no more excuses for Dak. Dallas is probably the fourth best team in the NFC, but getting DHop could give them an edge over some of the teams they are going to need to beat in the playoffs to get over that hill they’ve been struggling on for a long time.