Eagles had some interest in DeAndre Hopkins, backed out of trade talks

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The Cardinals landed one of the best wide receivers in the NFL when they got DeAndre Hopkins from the Texans. But the Cardinals weren’t the only team involved in trade talks surrounding Hopkins.

The Eagles also talked to the Texans but decided against trading for Hopkins, based both on what the Texans were asking for and what Hopkins wanted in a new contract, Adam Schefter said on 97.5 The Fanatic.

What the Texans got for Hopkins seems shockingly minuscule: Houston got running back David Johnson (who was a candidate to get cut by the Cardinals), plus a second-round draft pick and an exchange of fourth-round picks. It’s surprising that the Cardinals only had to give that up for Hopkins — and surprising that the Eagles and other teams didn’t offer the Texans more to secure Hopkins’ services.

Unless, of course, Hopkins is making contractual demands that teams simply can’t justify paying. We know that Hopkins and the Cardinals will renegotiate his contract, but we don’t know exactly what Hopkins is demanding, or whether he has privately told teams that he won’t show up without a new deal. What we do know is that the Cardinals added one of the best playmakers in football, and didn’t have to give up a lot to out-bid the other teams that were interested.

20 responses to “Eagles had some interest in DeAndre Hopkins, backed out of trade talks

  1. Honestly, I wouldn’t have an issue with the Eagles holding on to their draft picks with the Vulcan death grip if they actually drafted players. Over the lat 3-4 years, they’ve missed on way too many picks.

  2. Eagles sure are quiet during this period of FA. I guess they’re planning on tanking for Trevor.

  3. The Eagles can’t afford to give Hopkins a reworked contract until Alshon is gone. $26 million dead cap hit if cut so they can’t even cut him.

    What was Roseman thinking when he guaranteed his 2020 salary. The Eagles were warned and still fell in love with keeping the superbowl roster together no matter what and it has come back to bite them as predicted.

    The Cardinals have a QB on a rookie contract, the Eagles no longer have that luxury. Barring Alshon leaving, the Eagles top 2 receivers will be the same duo that combined for something like 9 games last year.

    Alshon looked totally cooked last year, the Eagles better hope that’s not the case and that JJAW shows he belongs in the NFL this year because last year he was one of the worst rookie receivers in the league despite ample playing time.

  4. Ill never understand how GMs value draft picks so highly when an elite player is in the discussion. Hopkins is the DREAM of what you PREY FOR with a first round pick, And Texas only needed a second.

    What are the GMs thinking, when the average second round pick in reality is HOPEFULLY a solid starter – and they covet THAT chance = but not this amazing player IN HIS PRIME,

    INSANE

  5. Hopkins is the DREAM of what you PREY FOR with a first round pick, And Texas only needed a second.

    While this is somewhat true one of the perks of drafting a guy like Hopkins is him coming in somewhat humble and playing on a rookie contract for 4-5 years. I think some teams would be content to draft a guy like Hopkins, have him on the cheap a couple years, then let someone else squander the cap space and deal with the headache.

  6. ditkasanger says:
    March 18, 2020 at 8:51 am
    Ill never understand how GMs value draft picks so highly when an elite player is in the discussion. Hopkins is the DREAM of what you PREY FOR with a first round pick, And Texas only needed a second.

    What are the GMs thinking, when the average second round pick in reality is HOPEFULLY a solid starter – and they covet THAT chance = but not this amazing player IN HIS PRIME,

    INSANE
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    Honestly I think it was the potential contract demands from Hopkins coupled with the draft picks. I don’t necessarily agree with it but the Eagles were probably thinking that this draft is rich with receiving talent that if they hit on one they can pay on a rookie deal. Even if they get 80% of what Hopkins provides they can justify it by the much lower salary that will free them up to address other positions.

  7. RussianBreadMaker says:
    March 18, 2020 at 8:44 am

    Eagles sure are quiet during this period of FA. I guess they’re planning on tanking for Trevor.

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    Brilliant. ZZZZZZZ.

  8. At 23 mil per, I would too. Any of the better run teams backed out. BB hung up the phone really quick and for good reason.

    Some teams just don’t get it yet.

  9. And there it is… every Houston fan crying about O’Brien trading and about how he should’ve got more. Couldn’t keep Hopkins around as a cancer crying about wanting a new contract while he has 3 years left on his deal. You know he won’t settle for less then Julio money, and nobody is winning anything while paying 20+ million to a receiver. Giving in to every greedy player that cares more about his bank account then his teams ability to build a quality roster has left most teams with no chance at winning anything.

  10. ditkasanger says:
    March 18, 2020 at 8:51 am

    Ill never understand how GMs value draft picks so highly when an elite player is in the discussion. Hopkins is the DREAM of what you PREY FOR with a first round pick, And Texas only needed a second.

    What are the GMs thinking, when the average second round pick in reality is HOPEFULLY a solid starter – and they covet THAT chance = but not this amazing player IN HIS PRIME,

    INSANE

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    Elite player? For which system? What about economics and cap hell? You’ll never understand? Maybe you should learn about the cap from others?

    Hopkins is overrated. You never hear his name in a big moment and he’s not a gamechanger. He’s a very good stat producer.

  11. Alshon won’t count as 23 mil dead money. After the new cba was signed, I think it’s something like 15 mil? Not sure, but yes, it’s still a lot. Thing is, it looks as though the texans wanted a rb as well. Would you be willing to give up miles sanders if that was the case? Not me. And everyone keeps talking about how great this rookie wr class is. If the owners and gms believe this, why go spend top dollar on a wr when u can draft a rookie or 2 and sign an above average wr through free agency or trade?

  12. Eagles could have paid Hopkins whatever he wanted released the rest of their WR roster and just picked up league minimum free agents and they would have improved 100%.

  13. I agree, it would be different if the eagles knew how to draft but…they don’t

  14. “What the Texans got for Hopkins seems shockingly minuscule”
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    Which was the exact same thing you guys said about the Jadeveon Clowney trade last year. Looks like Texans were right – Clowney disappeared most games and definitely not worth the $18-$20m that he’s demanding.

    Texans used that draft pick to get CB Lonnie Johnson who showed he’s got pretty good talent, and more importantly, a contract that fits the salary cap.

    How about the other big trade in 2019? Tunsil became a first-time Pro-Bowler under the Texans.

    Seems to me I trust O’Brien a little more than sports journalists.

  15. When Hopkins signed his last contract, it made him the highest paid WR in the league. Everyone knows that doesn’t last. He accepted guaranteed money and security for several years, knowing others’ contracts would eclipse his.
    If he didn’t want to play under that contract he should have just gone year to year.

  16. The Eagles probably wanted to include Alshon in the deal to dump salary and Houston wasn’t having it.

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