Dec 18, 2022; Denver, Colorado, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) reacts in the second half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

DeAndre Hopkins Next Team Odds: Does Bill O’Brien hurt Patriots’ chances?

The question about which team DeAndre Hopkins will suit up for next season took on another wrinkle when the New England Patriots brought Bill O’Brien back into the fold on Thursday.

The Patriots are in need of a No. 1 receiver and often have been mentioned as a potential trade partner should the Arizona Cardinals decide to separate from Hopkins, who could be part of the team’s offseason housecleaning.

However, O’Brien is the man who surprisingly dealt Hopkins out of Houston in 2020 in exchange for a second-round pick and running back David Johnson. Reports at the time indicated a rift between Hopkins and O’Brien, who is returning to the Patriots — he was on Bill Belichick’s staff from 2007-11 —
after spending the past two seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.

Could Hopkins and O’Brien co-exist again?

The Patriots are still being offered at +450 by SportsBetting.ag to land Hopkins if he’s traded. That’s tied for the second-lowest odds among the dozen teams being offered odds on.

The current favorite is the Green Bay Packers at +300. That possibility could well be tied to the future of quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who has yet to decide if he wants to return to the Packers — if he decides to play in 2023 at all.

Green Bay does have a pair of promising young receivers in Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs, and Hopkins would be a welcome veteran addition even if the Packers ultimately transition to Jordan Love at quarterback.

New England has the same current odds to land Hopkins as Kansas City. The Chiefs brought in a trio of new receivers this season in JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Kadarius Toney. However, Smith-Schuster is on a one-year deal and Hopkins could be a very appealing replacement to pair with quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The Patriots, meanwhile, have a clear need for a star wideout.

Leading receiver Jakobi Meyers is a pending free agent, as is Nelson Agholor. DeVante Parker and Kendrick Bourne each have one year remaining on their contracts.

The Baltimore Ravens present a combination of question marks as they have the fourth-shortest odds to land Hopkins at +700.

First is the status of Lamar Jackson and whether the sides are able to work out a long-term contract.

The Ravens have publicly stated they will get a deal done to keep Jackson at quarterback, but that is the first domino that needs to fall before making a serious run at Hopkins. Baltimore has a desperate need for a No. 1 wideout for whomever is under center next season.

After Marquise Brown was traded last offseason — ironically to team up with Hopkins in Arizona – Baltimore’s leading wideout was Demarcus Robinson with a 48 catches for 458 yards. Devin Duvernay was next with 37 receptions but ended the season on injured reserved along with Rashod Bateman, who caught just 15 of 28 targets in seven games.

The first step to any team making a run for Hopkins is Arizona deciding to deal him.

The Cardinals parted ways with general manager Steve Keim and coach Kliff Kingsbury this offseason, and quarterback Kyler Murray’s timetable for a return from ACL surgery remains to be seen.

Hopkins has a full-no trade clause and would have control of where he goes. The other question is what type of value a receiver who will turn 31 in June and has played in a total of 19 games over the past two seasons due to suspension and injuries will bring in return.

Arizona might be eager to make Hopkins part of its housecleaning efforts after watching firsthand the decline of A.J. Green after he turned 31.

DeAndre Hopkins Next Team Odds
Packers (+300)
Chiefs (+450)
Patriots (+450)
Ravens (+700)
Bears (+900)
Giants (+900)
Browns (+1000)
Cowboys (+1000)
Chargers (+1000)
Jaguars (+1200)
Raiders (+1600)
Buccaneers (+1600)

NFL trades cannot become official until the first day of the NFL league year in March, but terms often are established in the weeks between the end of the regular season and the Super Bowl. Similar deals have been executed in recent offseasons, including the blockbusters involving wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford.

Hopkins has two years and $34.36 million left on his contract, but reportedly would like to renegotiate the deal after the market was reset last spring by Adams and Tyreek Hill, among others.

–Field Level Media

Dec 25, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) warms up before their game agaionst the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Rondone-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins on trade block

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins could be part of the housecleaning effort under way and the franchise is considering making the All-Pro available in trade talks, according to reports.

The Score first reported Hopkins, who has a no-trade clause and would have control of his destination, could be on the move in the coming weeks.

NFL trades cannot become official until the first day of the NFL league year in March, but terms are often established in the weeks between the end of the regular season and the Super Bowl. Similar deals have been executed in recent offseasons, including the blockbusters involving wide receiver Davante Adams and quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford.

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill fired head coach Kliff Kingsbury on Monday and general manager Steve Keim will not return to focus on his health.

Hopkins, 30, has two years and $34.36 million left on his contract. The report indicates Hopkins would like to renegotiate the deal after the market was reset last spring by Adams and Tyreek Hill, among others.

Teams with known needs for a lead receiver including the Chicago Bears and New England Patriots, franchises with ample salary cap space and draft capital to entice the Cardinals should either team have interest in acquiring Hopkins.

He was acquired from the Houston Texans by Keim in 2020 and caught 17 touchdowns in three seasons with the team. Hopkins missed eight games in 2022. He sat out the first six serving a suspension and missed the final two with a knee injury.

–Field Level Media

Dec 25, 2022; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins (knee) out vs. Falcons

Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins will miss Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Falcons due to a knee injury, the team said Saturday.

Hopkins was initially added to the injury report on Friday and was listed as questionable. But the club downgraded his status one day later.

It will be the seventh game Hopkins misses this season. He sat out the first six while serving a suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy.

Hopkins has 64 receptions for 717 yards and three touchdowns in nine games this season. He is in his third campaign with Arizona after spending seven seasons with the Houston Texans.

Hopkins, 30, is a five-time Pro Bowl selection — the first four coming with the Texans. He has 853 career receptions for 11,298 yards and 71 touchdowns in 145 career games (all starts) over 10 seasons.

The other Cardinals ruled out for Sunday’s game are quarterback Colt McCoy (concussion), defensive end Zach Allen (hand) and cornerback Antonio Hamilton (hip). David Blough will start at quarterback for Arizona (4-11), which has dropped five straight games.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers place kicker Dustin Hopkins (6) kicks the game winning field goal against the Denver Broncos during overtime at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers place K Dustin Hopkins (hamstring) on IR

The Los Angeles Chargers moved kicker Dustin Hopkins to injured reserve on Tuesday and signed kicker Cameron Dicker to the active roster.

Dicker, 22, kicked game-winning field goals in the first two games of his NFL career.

Dicker kicked the game-winning 37-yard field goal in a 20-17 victory over the Atlanta Falcons in his team debut in Week 9. He was signed to the practice squad three days before the game when kicker Taylor Bertolet went on injured reserve with a quadriceps injury, then promoted to the active roster.

Hopkins strained his right hamstring in a Week 6 contest against the Denver Broncos on Oct. 17. Playing through visible pain, Hopkins went 4 for 4 on field goals, including the game-winner in overtime to give Los Angeles a 19-16 victory.

Hopkins hasn’t played since. Coach Brandon Staley originally said the timetable would be two to four weeks.

Dicker will likely be the Chargers’ placekicker for at least the next four games, the span Hopkins must miss before he becomes eligible to be activated off IR.

Dicker, an undrafted rookie out of Texas, appeared in one game for the Philadelphia Eagles before the Chargers picked him up while Hopkins was hurt. He kicked the game-winning 23-yard field goal against the Arizona Cardinals in his NFL debut for the Eagles in Week 5.

A practice squad promotion in each of the last three weeks, Dicker has been perfect for the Chargers, making all six extra points and all seven field goals he’s attempted, with a long of 47 yards.

Hopkins has kicked in 109 NFL games with Washington (2015-21) and the Chargers (2021-22). He has made 190 of 224 field-goal attempts, a success rate of 84.8 percent.

–Field Level Media

Oct 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers place kicker Dustin Hopkins (6) kicks a 39-yard fielg goal out of the hold of punter JK Scott (16) in overtime against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Chargers K Dustin Hopkins (hamstring) out 2-4 weeks

Los Angeles Chargers kicker Dustin Hopkins will miss two to four weeks with a strained right hamstring, coach Brandon Staley said Tuesday.

Hopkins injured the hamstring during the second quarter of Monday night’s game while kicking an extra point. He booted four field goals in the contest, including a game-winning 39-yarder in overtime to give the Chargers a 19-16 win over the Denver Broncos.

Hopkins said after the contest that he felt a pop in the hamstring area on the extra point.

Staley said that Taylor Bertolet will be the kicker when the Chargers host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Bertolet was signed to the practice squad on Oct. 6 and kicked for the Chargers in Week 5 while Hopkins was out with a quadriceps injury in his right leg.

He made three field goals and three extra points in a 30-28 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Hopkins has kicked in 109 NFL games with Washington (2015-21) and the Chargers (2021-22). He has made 190 of 224 field-goal attempts, a success rate of 84.8 percent.

Also, running back Joshua Kelley (knee) will be sidelined two to four weeks and tight end Donald Parham Jr. was placed in concussion protocol.

–Field Level Media

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams tight end Kendall Blanton celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams sign Kendall Blanton to fill TE void

The Los Angeles Rams brought back Kendall Blanton on Thursday, signing their former tight end off Kansas City’s practice squad to fill the void left by the suspension of Brycen Hopkins.

Hopkins was suspended three games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. It left the Rams without a backup tight end to starter Tyler Higbee.

Blanton, 26, was waived by the Rams on Aug. 20 and claimed by Washington the following day. The Commanders later released him on Aug. 30 before the Chiefs signed him to their practice squad on Sept. 1.

Blanton played in 12 career games (two starts) for the Rams in 2019 and 2021, recording four catches for 37 yards. However, he caught seven passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in four postseason games for the Rams en route to their Super Bowl title last season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 28, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) reacts against the Green Bay Packers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

DeAndre Hopkins ‘confused and shocked’ by positive drug test

Arizona Cardinals star receiver DeAndre Hopkins said he was “confused and shocked” after learning he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Hopkins, 29, released a statement on social media Monday night after receiving a six-game suspension from the NFL for violating the league’s policy on PEDs.

“In my 10-year NFL career, I have never tested positive for using performance enhancing drugs,” he posted on Twitter.

“To learn that my November test came back with trace elements of a banned substance, I was confused and shocked.

“I am very mindful of what I put in my body and have always taken a holistic approach, so I am working with my team to investigate how this could’ve happened. But even as careful as I have been, clearly I wasn’t careful enough. For that, I apologize to Cardinals fans, my teammates, and the entire Cardinals organization. I never want to let my team down.

“I fully intend to get to the bottom of this. As soon as I have more information I will share it.”

According to the league, Hopkins tested positive for a prohibited substance plus a diuretic or masking agent. He will be eligible to participate in training camp and preseason practices and games, and he can return to regular-season competition for the Cardinals’ seventh game of the season.

Hopkins set career lows with 42 catches for 574 yards in his second season with the Cardinals in 2021. He did catch eight touchdown passes.

A three-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection, Hopkins missed Arizona’s last four regular season games and the playoff loss due to a knee injury.

He has 789 catches for 10,581 yards and 68 TDs in 136 games (all starts) with the Cardinals and Houston Texans (2013-19), who drafted him 27th overall in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) reacts against the Los Angeles Rams at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

DeAndre Hopkins’ ban shifts Cardinals’ futures

The NFL’s six-game suspension of wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins led several sportsbooks to shift their futures odds for the Arizona Cardinals.

DraftKings, FanDuel, PointsBet and WynnBet told Field Level Media that the news did not impact the Cardinals’ Super Bowl odds. However, several sportsbooks did shift other futures markets.

Arizona moved from +1200 to win the NFC to +1500 at DraftKings and from +1200 to +1400 at PointsBet, where the Cardinals’ NFC West odds also lengthened from +325 to +340.

They remained +2500 to win the Super Bowl at DraftKings, PointsBet and WynnBet and +2700 at FanDuel.

The news also brought some clarity to the reason behind Arizona swinging one of the biggest trades during the first round of the draft, sending the No. 23 overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for Marquise Brown.

With Christian Kirk signing with Jacksonville in free agency, the Cardinals’ top wide receivers are now Brown, A.J. Green and Rondale Moore, until Hopkins returns.

“DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals has been suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2022 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances,” an NFL spokesperson said in a statement Monday. “Hopkins is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be allowed to return to the Cardinals’ active roster following the team’s sixth regular-season game.”

Hopkins is coming off the lowest-producing season of his career with only 42 receptions for 574 yards last season – his second in Arizona since being acquired from Houston. He did miss the final four regular-season games as well as the Cardinals’ playoff loss due to a knee injury.

Hopkins signed a two-year, $54.5 million contract extension with the Cardinals on Sept. 8, 2020. He carries a cap hit of $17.95 million in 2022 with a dead cap value of $33.8 million, per Spotrac.

Hopkins has 789 catches for 10,581 yards and 68 touchdowns in 136 career games (all starts) with the Cardinals and the Texans (2013-19), who drafted him 27th overall in 2019.

–Field Level Media

November 7, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) smiles on the sideline during the second quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray, DeAndre Hopkins return to action

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will return to action Sunday after missing three games with an injured left ankle.

The Cardinals (9-2) also activated wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to face the host Chicago Bears (4-7). He also sat out the past three games due to a hamstring injury.

Both players had been listed as questionable.

Murray, 24, has completed 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards with 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions in eight starts this season. He has also rushed for 147 yards and three scores.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Murray needs 31 passing yards to reach 10,000 for his career.

Hopkins, 29, has 35 receptions for 486 yards and seven touchdowns in eight starts this season.

Inactive for Arizona were wideout Andy Isabella, quarterback Trace McSorley, cornerback Jace Whittaker and left guard Justin Pugh.

Chicago’s inactive players for the Week 13 contest included quarterback Justin Fields, running back Damien Williams, receivers Allen Robinson II and Marquise Goodwin, defensive back Teez Tabor and defensive linemen Akiem Hicks and Mario Edwards Jr.

–Field Level Media

Nov 14, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (1) warms up prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (ankle) is game-day decision vs. Seahawks

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is a game-day decision for Sunday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks due to his left ankle injury.

It marks the third straight week in which Arizona coach Kliff Kingsbury has viewed the star quarterback in such a manner. Murray was injured during a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 28.

“He definitely progressed,” Kingsbury said. “So we want to make sure that he’s in a place where he can play his game, protect himself and do all the things, and if he can, he’ll be out there.”

Murray has struggled to rediscover “the acceleration stuff that really makes him who he is at times,” according to Kingsbury.

“He’s got to be able to use that to get away, escape trouble, the things that he does naturally and instinctively,” Kingsbury said. “So we’re still trying to get to that point.”

Murray was a leading MVP candidate before the injury. He has completed an NFL-best 72.7 percent of his passes for 2,276 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions and also has rushed for three scores.

Complicating matters this time is that backup quarterback Colt McCoy (pectoral) also is ailing. McCoy started the past two games with the Cardinals, going 1-1 in Murray’s absence.

“We’d love to have Kyler,” rookie wideout Rondale Moore said. “We love Colt. Whoever is back there, I think the plan stays the same.”

If both quarterbacks were unavailable, Chris Streveler would make his first career start. He has completed 17 of 25 passes for 141 yards, one touchdown and one interception in seven games for Arizona over the past two seasons.

One player who is definitely out is receiver DeAndre Hopkins (hamstring). It will be Hopkins’ third straight absence.

Hopkins, 29, has recorded 35 receptions for 486 receiving yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns in eight games this season.

Guard Justin Pugh (calf) also will sit out. Safety Budda Baker (heel) is expected to be available in Seattle.

–Field Level Media