One of the most active teams in the trade market over the last year, the Houston Texans, are making another deal. According to multiple reports, the Texans will acquire running back David Johnson in a deal with the Arizona Cardinals. ESPN’s Adam Schefter also reports the Texans will send DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals.
Hopkins has been one of the best receivers in football for the past several years, and now will go from being Deshaun Watson’s No. 1 target to being Kyler Murray’s. Arizona became a more efficient offense last season in the first year of Kliff Kingsbury’s tenure, but struggled to get the ball outside the numbers through the air. Hopkins should help immensely in that respect, and allow Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk more room to operate in the underneath zones.
Hopkins carries completely non-guaranteed base salaries of $12.5 million, $13.5 million, and $13.9 million over the next three years, per Spotrac, giving the Cardinals one of the biggest bargains in the league. The Texans, meanwhile, will now have a somewhat shorthanded receiver corps that features injury-prone Will Fuller as the top option, with Kenny Stills, Keke Coutee, and DeAndre Carter behind him.
For Houston, this is at least the third major trade it has made in the last year or so. The Texans previously sent multiple draft picks — including this year’s first-rounder — to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for left tackle Laremy Tunsil, with whom they have still yet to agree on a long-term contract. Houston had also previously traded for former Cleveland Browns running back Duke Johnson, who is set to count against their books for $4.1 million in 2020.
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