Texans finally announce DeAndre Hopkins trade, in low-key manner

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The Cardinals couldn’t wait to tell the world how excited they were to acquire DeAndre Hopkins.

The Texans, not so much.

The Texans just sent out a four-paragraph, 90-word — and 26 of those words were proper names and another 13 were abbreviations for the positions those proper names played — press release that summed up their transactions of the recent days, with no quotes and no fanfare.

Summing up a trade that involved them taking on a bad contract in exchange for one of the best receivers in the game, the Texans put it like this.

“The Houston Texans agreed to acquire the following player via a trade with the Arizona Cardinals: David Johnson, RB.

“The Houston Texans agreed to trade the following player to the Arizona Cardinals: DeAndre Hopkins, WR.”

Yeah, that’s one way to put it. Another way to say it would have been “We got a much worse deal for a star receiver than the Vikings did, and we’d prefer if you looked the other way and forgot about it now.”

The contrast between their reaction and the Cardinals’ was stark, as Arizona sent out a story full of excited quotes from coach Kliff Kingsbury, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, and owner Michael Bidwill.

Then again, the Cardinals have reasons to be happy.

The Texans also announced the addition of four unrestricted free agents (wide receiver Randall Cobb, safety Eric Murray, tackle Brent Qvale, and safety Jaylen Watkins), and the seven players they re-signed (linebacker Tyrell Adams, cornerback Phillip Gaines, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, tackle Roderick Johnson, quarterback AJ McCarron, cornerback Bradley Roby, and long snapper Jon Weeks), giving those deals the same literary weight as the trade.

11 responses to “Texans finally announce DeAndre Hopkins trade, in low-key manner

  1. What I wouldn’t give to see the Texans on “Hard Knocks” AND “All Or Nothing” next time around.

  2. so sick of hearing this stupid narrative. diggs fetched a first round pick bcuz he is on a team friendly contract with cap hits of 11.5 and 12 mil the next 4 years. atleast 3 teams are on record of backing out of the hopkins trade talks as soon as they heard he was going to hold out if he didnt get a new deal paying atleast 18-20 million!!! (bengals, patriots, eagles all on record) Hopkins is a great receiver, but nobody was giving a 1st rd pick and paying that type of money, bcuz they would need the high end prospect on their rookie contract if they are going to overpay a receiver. hate the coach all you want, but they cant pay tunsil, hopkins, and watson 70+ mil and build a worthwhile offense. wr is the easiest to replace in the draft. if they can get a wideout that can replace 80% or more of his production for 1 mil and have 17 mil to spread around, they will be better off. pretty simple to understand.

  3. Dre Hopkins is a top 3 NFL WR 18 mill per year is fair. Now the Cards don’t have to spend a premium pick on the WR position in the draft. I like what Kliffsbury is doing out in the dessert.

  4. Living in Houston, we get to see Bill O’ Bozo’s thinking every season. He is a mediocre coach that happens to coach in a very weak division.

    As a coach, he has thrived off of his reputation as being a Belichick disciple, but he is a fraud. The superstars on the team were all drafted by previous GM’s. Watson makes him look a lot better than he really his. As a gameday mind, he gets out coached in the playoffs every time.

    He has zero credibility as a personnel person and his trade this week is proof. Could have grabbed a free agent and got more compensation for Hopkins.

  5. Dean7979 said:

    “so sick of hearing this stupid narrative. diggs fetched a first round pick bcuz he is on a team friendly contract with cap hits of 11.5 and 12 mil the next 4 years. atleast 3 teams are on record of backing out of the hopkins trade talks as soon as they heard he was going to hold out if he didnt get a new deal paying atleast 18-20 million!!! (bengals, patriots, eagles all on record) Hopkins is a great receiver, but nobody was giving a 1st rd pick and paying that type of money, bcuz they would need the high end prospect on their rookie contract if they are going to overpay a receiver. hate the coach all you want, but they cant pay tunsil, hopkins, and watson 70+ mil and build a worthwhile offense. wr is the easiest to replace in the draft. if they can get a wideout that can replace 80% or more of his production for 1 mil and have 17 mil to spread around, they will be better off. pretty simple to understand.”

    While part of your argument rings true about teams not willing to do a deal for Hopkins if they had to surrender a 1st, you are literally ignoring the worst aspect of the deal the Texans made; acquiring David Johnson and his albatross of a contract. Had D.J. not been a part of the deal it would be looked at much differently. Houston traded away Hopkins, arguably the best WR in the game, because they didnt want to pony up all that money. But then they agree to take a washed up and hurt D.J. who is making over $11 million the next two years? How does that make any sense to you? His contract is one of the worst in the NFL, yet the Texans agreed to take it off Arizona’s hand WHILE ALSO giving Arizona the best WR in the game. Talking about draft pick compensation cannot distract logical people from focusing on this massive blunder that Bill O’Brien made. This trade is right up there with the Herschel Walker & Ricky Williams trades in terms of lopsided deals in NFL history.

  6. Culture over talent. Hopkins was obviously an issue or else O’Brien would have kept him. He was on the trade block for months and no one was willing to give more than they received. The coach has done nothing but win. Texan fans are have no idea how lucky they are to have a winner. Now if he could convince Watson how to throw the ball away the offense would be more efficient.

  7. If they’re not excited to announce the trade, that should tell you all you need to know about whether you should have executed the trade in the first place.

  8. O’Brien got taken to the cleaners again. The guy should never have been given control over personnel. Hopkins is a premier talent at WR and the Texans should have been willing to pay him as such. Their argument that he was traded because he was going to ask for too much is totally negated by the fact they took on the huge cap hit that came with Johnson.

    It was simply a give away of a valuable asset by a knuckle headed GM wannabe.

  9. bunch of horrible gms on here. no receiver is worth 20 million. the only way you are filling out the rest of the offense is if you have a stud left tackle and qb on their rookie contract. a first round receiver plus Johnson’s horrible contract is only gonna be something around 11 mil. hopkins plus a 7 rd rb would still be around 20 mil. plus you all assume he couldve got a 2nd round pick without taken on Johnson’s contract. you assume he got fleeced when that was mostly like the best offer he had. just like Clowney, he got the best offer he could. now nobody is line to give him what he wanted… if he was worth the first rounder you foolishly thought he was, youd think he wouldve been signed on the opening day of free agency this year, not sitting around waiting for what he thinks hes worth.

  10. dean7979 says:
    March 21, 2020 at 6:13 pm
    bunch of horrible gms on here. no receiver is worth 20 million. the only way you are filling out the rest of the offense is if you have a stud left tackle and qb on their rookie contract. a first round receiver plus Johnson’s horrible contract is only gonna be something around 11 mil. hopkins plus a 7 rd rb would still be around 20 mil. plus you all assume he couldve got a 2nd round pick without taken on Johnson’s contract. you assume he got fleeced when that was mostly like the best offer he had. just like Clowney, he got the best offer he could. now nobody is line to give him what he wanted… if he was worth the first rounder you foolishly thought he was, youd think he wouldve been signed on the opening day of free agency this year, not sitting around waiting for what he thinks hes worth.
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    Just because it’s the best offers doesn’t mean you got to take it right now. So Much can happen between now and the start of training camp. Giving away the best wr in the game is one thing but taking on the worst running back contract next to toddy Gurley before he was just released us another. O’Brien got screwed in both ends on this one. This is a deal that the owner should’ve immediately nixed and proceeded to fire
    BO for incompetence. This is among one of the worst trades since Herschel and the saints 99’ Rickey Williams trades. Anyone who tries to defend this is in utter denial.

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