Cardinals announce DeAndre Hopkins trade as official

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The Cardinals have made it official, as they should be in a hurry to do.

The team announced the trade that sent the awful contract of running back David Johnson to the Texans for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said he’s already talked to quarterback Kyler Murray about the transaction, and that he’s “through the roof.”

“To have a young quarterback, a guy you’re trying to build things around and bring in a piece like [Hopkins] is huge,” Kingsbury said, via the team’s official website. “Everything I have ever heard about the guy has been top notch, his work ethic, his toughness. To add him to the roster, we couldn’t be more pleased.”

They probably won’t stop grinning for a while, since they sent Johnson, a second-round pick this year and a 2021 fourth-round pick for one of the best receivers in football and a fourth-round pick.

There was a delay in the announcement while the league sorted out the rules for publicizing such things, but the Cardinals are reasonably excited to talk about it.

“What we were able to do is add substantial talent and I’m really excited,” team chairman Michael Bidwill said. “We’ve really weaponized this offense of Kliff Kingsbury.”

Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald also noted that it’s hard to get too excited about any football transaction given the current national climate, but from a football standpoint, it’s a huge win for the Cardinals.

11 responses to “Cardinals announce DeAndre Hopkins trade as official

  1. The Texans are just dumb. If you’re going to trade for an elite superstar receiver like Hopkins, it needs to hurt a bit. The Cards unloaded a cap problem backup running back and a second rounder?!? Are you kidding me? Hopkins is worth not one but possibly TWO first rounders! An All-Pro in his prime!

    Arizona should thank the football gods that the Texans are mismanaged.

  2. They may be mismanaged, but the Texans somehow managed to be in the playoffs and win their division.

  3. Great trade for the Cardinals. I’m still in shock the Texans only got what they did for an ELITE WR.

  4. I just can’t believe this happened…as a nearly 20 year Texans fan I’ve never been so pissed.

    Even the local media is starting to spin this as maybe not that bad. They keep acting like the upgrade/extension he wanted was just so cancerous… You had him under contract for three more years…there’s no way he’s missing that much money by sitting out. You just tell him to play this contract out for at least this season and probably next… if he holds out call his bluff and see him in week 1…or 10. Now you have set a precedent…if you want out of Houston all you have to do is request a big $ extension. What’s next? DeShaun Watson request 50 million a season so we trade him for Joe Flacco and 6th?

    I’m just disgusted…

  5. alleycat702 says:
    March 20, 2020 at 1:20 pm
    They may be mismanaged, but the Texans somehow managed to be in the playoffs and win their division.

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    Won’t be happening again, not until O’Brien is fired. You can’t replace Hopkins’ production with Randall Cobb and a rookie to be named later. I’m making it my personal mission to get O’Brien fired.

  6. Was the Cardinals GM wearing a ski mask during this process? Did he take it off to officially announce the trade?

  7. This was felony theft by the Cardinals. No way you can defend this deal from a Texan’s point of view. What a fleecing!

  8. John Cavanaugh says: “I just can’t believe this happened…as a nearly 20 year Texans fan I’ve never been so pissed. I’m just disgusted…”
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    Dude, calm down. Your coach traded away Clowney last year and the SAME internet experts were “outrage” too – yet O’Brien proved everyone wrong with Clowney disappearing in most games in Seattle and definitely not worth the $18-$20m.

    Your coach also got you guys to 11-5 and 10-6 the past two years and a playoff win against a very good Bills team. Pretty sure he knows what he’s doing better than those media talking heads…

  9. @ akira1971 “Your coach also got you guys to 11-5 and 10-6 the past two years and a playoff win against a very good Bills team. Pretty sure he knows what he’s doing better than those media talking heads…” Hopkins shows up every game and plays hurt unlike Clown Clowney!

  10. If Hopkins and Fitzgerald can come anywhere near their historic production, that should be quite a duo.

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