Texans trade DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals


Included in the trade is a 2020 second-round pick and 2021 fourth-round pick to the Texans, while the Cardinals will receive a 2020 fourth-round pick.

The Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported that Hopkins was traded because the Texans were unwilling to give him a pay raise in accordance with his standing among his peers; his $16.2 million annual salary is tied for sixth-best at the position, matched with Cooks and Adam Thielen.

Hopkins, arguably the best wide receiver in the National Football League, has earned First Team All-Pro honors in each of the last three seasons. Regardless, he's on his way to Arizona, and as much as it's going to sting to see him away from Deshaun Watson, he landed in a great spot with an uptempo team lacking a true No. 1 receiver.

The Houston Texans have another running back.

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Then again, the 2020 draft class is considered one of the deepest ever for wide outs, which could hinder Hopkins' value.

It's a stunning move for the Texans, even with their need for draft picks; before the trade, they didn't have a pick in the first round this year or first two rounds next year. Obviously, the main takeaway is that Hopkins will now get the contract extension he wanted, as he joins forces with Rookie of the Year QB Kyler Murray.

In 2019, Johnson rushed for 345 yards and caught 36 passes for 370 yards receiving and six total touchdowns. He should be an early favorite to win Most Improved Player next year.

Now in his fourth year as a Houston resident, 31-year-old Rockets guard Eric Gordon reacted with comparable shock to any other local fans.