Since Hopkins was released, the Cowboys, Jets, Titans, Lions, Jaguars, and Bills have all spoken about him.
Although DeAndre Hopkins has been a free agent for more than a week, just a small number of teams are now interested in signing the five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver. Prior to Hopkins’ release, the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills reportedly pursued him and are still apparently interested in signing him. The All-Pro receiver, a big Josh Allen supporter, and the Bills both expressed a wish to be added.
On “The Pat McAfee Show” on Monday, Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane stated, “We are all about people who want to come to Buffalo.” We enjoy it, particularly if they fit. DeAndre is obviously very talented because he surprised us with a Hail Mary during the COVID season in 2020. I only have admiration for him. It would undoubtedly need to work with the way we structure salaries and other things. Although we can’t rule it out, we do know he’s a talented player and will likely demand a respectable salary.
Hopkins’ lack of interest from teams has also been made public by those teams. The three-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver sent out this mysterious tweet hours after New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh and Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel virtually announced their teams wouldn’t be signing Hopkins.
Hopkins joined Klutch Sports last week after formerly working on his own behalf. Hopkins’ representative moving forward as he looks for a new team will be Kelton Crenshaw. DeVonta Smith, Chase Young, and Kayvon Thibodeaux are all NFC East players, and Crenshaw is their agent.
What about the initial two teams that rejected Hopkins? Saleh added of the Jets, who reorganised their wide receiver room this offseason, “we love our current group.” Unlike the Jets, the Titans did not completely overhaul the position, but according to Vrabel, the organisation is “focused on the players they have here.” Hopkins doesn’t seem like a viable choice, but Tennessee didn’t rule him out either.
The Dallas Cowboys, one of the best teams in the NFC East, began the month of June by expressing their contentment with their current wide receiver room.
When asked about the team’s interest in Hopkins on June 1, Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy responded, “I really like the look of our group,” according to the Dallas Morning News. “Those responses have no redeeming qualities. Hop has some serious talent.
The Cowboys’ COO and EVP Stephen Jones, McCarthy’s supervisor, expressed support for McCarthy in their wide receivers’ room on Monday.
According to Stephen Jones, the Cowboys COO and EVP, “He’s [Hopkins] not on this team right now,” according to The Athletic. The trip was travelled with [Brandin] Cooks. We feel completely at ease with Cooks. We are quite happy with our receiving team.
On June 1, Dan Campbell, head coach of the Detroit Lions, reacted similarly to McCarthy.
When asked about adding Hopkins, head coach Dan Campbell responded, “Yeah, I’m not gonna comment on that one.” “However, I enjoy our receivers room. We have a good mixture of different kinds of guys, in my opinion. It’s crucial, in my opinion, to have a variety of skill sets among tight ends, running backs, and receivers in these skill positions, and I believe we do. Possession, explosives, and speed are all things we have. We are dependable and speedy. I simply believe that we have many men who are capable of performing many different tasks. Therefore, having more flexibility expands your options in terms of personnel and matchup.
The head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, another up-and-coming team, decided to focus more on his current group of receivers than the possibility of bringing Hopkins in.
Doug Pederson, the head coach of the Jaguars, stated at the team’s minicamp on Monday, “I mean, it’s hard to speak on anybody because we’ve got a pretty solid room right now. “Adding someone of his calibre and talent to a room full of talented people is difficult. You take everything into consideration, but at this time, it is not possible for us to hire someone of that calibre.
In the history of the NFL, Hopkins has the eighth-most receiving yards (11.298) and the fourth-most receptions (853), both through his first 10 seasons. Despite only appearing in nine games last season, Hopkins averaged 7.1 catches per game (fourth in the NFL) and 79.7 receiving yards per game (tenth in the NFL). In his 10 NFL seasons, he has made the first team All-Pro three times and been chosen five times for the Pro Bowl.
Hopkins is ready to demonstrate Hopkins’ outstanding value to a contending team in 2023.