DeAndre Hopkins Could Be Available Which Should Interest the Packers
Picture this. Aaron Rodgers lining up on Game 1 hopefully at the start of September with #17 Davante Adams on one side and #10 DeAndre Hopkins on the other. By this time, Packers are called the top Super Bowl contender in the NFC for adding Hopkins via trade with the Houston Texans. This is not a wild hypothetical. Rather, it could be a reality. According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, Hopkins could be on the block. Green Bay should do what they can to get the star receiver, although, the price might be too high.
Hopkins is an immediate game-changer for anyone who trades for him. The great thing about Nuke is he has done with great quarterbacks, Deshaun Watson, and he has done it with average to bad quarterbacks, T.J. Yates. It doesn’t matter to him, he puts up big numbers. Hopkins is also extremely durable only missing two games for his entire career. The lowest career yardage total for Nuke is 802 his rookie year. The guy is a phenom, and one of the few receivers better than Adams.
The contract isn’t bad at all. He is getting paid 40 million dollars over the next three years. That’s not a massive deal to overtake and Hopkins is still young. He will be 31 when his deal runs out in 2023. So why on earth would Houston trade one of its best players? Draft picks and more draft picks. Houston does not have a top 50 draft pick for the next two years. My assumption would be the Texans would want a first-rounder this year and a second-rounder at very least next year to do this deal. That way they ensure one top 50 picks in the next two years. Is Hopkins worth that? Absolutely.
While Top 50 draft picks are important, Green Bay can find ways to maneuver back towards the top. If they solve their receiver problem by getting one of the best to do it and add a free agent middle linebacker, the team needs the draft for depth mostly.
I would love Green Bay to get themselves Nuke Hopkins, but the thing that scares me most is not having to go to a division or league rival. That would not be good.