The NFL offseason has well and truly started with a bang. The news that wide receiver De’Andre Hopkins was leaving the Houston Texans for the Arizona Cardinals came as a bit of a stunner, despite the fact that Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has shown he is not shy of pulling the trigger on a big trade. In exchange for Hopkins (and a fourth round pick), the Texans are getting running back David Johnson, a second round pick, and a fourth round pick as well.
Trading away your star player, a generational icon that embodies your team is bad enough, but many are purporting this to already be one of the worst trades in the history of the NFL. Hopkins will now be linking up with Kyler Murray and Larry Fitzgerald, making for a fascinating offense- at least on paper. All the Texans get are a couple of picks that could be nothing later on and a running back that is so often injured. In the NFL, wide outs are much more valuable than running backs, in this modern age anyway, so it truly is baffling to have seen this take place.