Cardinals’ trade for DeAndre Hopkins wins best sports transaction of the year

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Since 2013, the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference annually has given the Alpha Award for the best transaction in sports. An NFL transaction never had won the award for “Best Sports Transaction of the Year” until this year.

The Cardinals’ acquisition of All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins was deemed the best transaction of the year in all of sports as voted upon by the Sloan Sports Conference Board of Directors.

The Cardinals acquired Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round in exchange for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.

It could end up ranking as one of the most lopsided deals in NFL history.

In his first season with the Cardinals, Hopkins earned his fifth Pro Bowl and second-team All-Pro honors and established a single-season franchise record with 115 receptions. He tied for second in the NFL in both catches and 100-yard games (seven) while his 1,407 receiving yards ranked third in the league.

Hopkins’ game-winning touchdown catch in the closing seconds against Buffalo – the “Hail Murray” play – was selected as the 2020 Bridgestone Clutch Performance Play of the Year at NFL Honors in February.

23 responses to “Cardinals’ trade for DeAndre Hopkins wins best sports transaction of the year

  1. I hope Buffalo’s acquisition of Stefon Diggs was a close second. That trade accelerated the growth of Josh Allen and helped take the Bills farther than the Cardinals went.
    I wonder if the Bills had won that Cardinals game would the voting have been different?

  2. Unless you’re Bill O’brien… who won Worst trade of the year, which wasn’t even his worst trade of his tenure. terrible!

  3. Miami got 4 1’s, a 2nd and a 3rd for Laremy Tunsil That is a better trade then Hopkins.

  4. The Texans got the best end of the deal a player a 2nd and a 4th for a disgruntled player you had to get rid of anyway.

  5. Diggs was the better return on investment, but from a compensation stand point the Hopkins trade was a steal for the Cards. Bills gave up quite a bit for Diggs.

  6. mainephishphan says:
    April 12, 2021 at 3:29 pm
    Miami got 4 1’s, a 2nd and a 3rd for Laremy Tunsil That is a better trade then Hopkins.


    Tunsil was traded in 2019, so they wouldn’t be eligible for this prestigious award.

  7. It was a great trade but what exactly did it accomplish? One could easily argue that Diggs was a much bigger trade.

  8. Clearly the criterion for best transaction was how lopsided the deal was. The Diggs deal was great for both teams, which perhaps should be a better criterion for transaction of the year?

  9. Certainly it was the most lopsided trade of the year. The Cardinals got a perennial pro-bowl/All Pro wide receiver for very little and they even got the Texans to take over the ridiculously expensive contract of a washed up running back. For the Bills’ fans, the Diggs trade was great, but they paid fair value so it lacks the wow factor of the Hopkins deal.

  10. I’ll take Brady signing with the Bucs, or Bucs trading for Gronk and a 7th for a 4th, or signing Leonard Fournette or Antonio Brown. All 4 guys especially Brady were big in playoffs and Super Bowl. Gronk had 2 TDs, AB and Fournette both had a TD in Super Bowl. But a team adding a WR to NOT make the playoffs makes sense too, I guess.

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