Hopkins passed a physical Monday, officially clearing the way for him to join the Cardinals, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Hopkins has been a modicum of health in seven pro seasons, missing just two outings overall. He's also played at least 1,000 offensive snaps in each of the past six years while posting a 98-1,328-9 line on 163 targets per 16 games during that stretch. In the aftermath of obtaining Hopkins from the Texans, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury mentioned "no concern" about the trade becoming official, and the wide receiver completing a physical unscathed does as much. Arizona brass already has floated extending Hopkins' current contract -- his five-year, $81 million deal runs through the 2022 season -- but in any case he'll immediately serve as the No. 1 option for second-year signal-caller Kyler Murray in the coming campaign.
Coach Kliff Kingsbury said there is "no concern" about finalizing the trade involving Hopkins and David Johnson, Darren Urban of the Cardinals' official site reports. Travel restrictions have prevented Hopkins and Johnson from undergoing physical exams with their new teams, which means the deal that was agreed upon three weeks ago still hasn't been processed through the league office. The Cardinals, seemingly unworried, have even taken the step of reaching out to Hopkins' representatives to discuss a new contract, with the veteran wideout entering the third season of a five-year, $81 million extension. Hopkins' dissatisfaction with his contract likely played a role in the recent trade agreement, as Texans coach/general manager Bill O'Brien didn't want to set the precedent of renegotiating with three years remaining on a deal, per Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com. In any case, the Texans and Cardinals expect the Hopkins/Johnson trade to become official before the start of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23.
The Texans have traded Hopkins and a fourth-round draft pick to the Cardinals in exchange for running back David Johnson as well as second and fourth-round choices, ESPN's Sarah Barshop reports. This stunning blockbuster shakes up both Arizona's pass-catching corps as well as Houston's backfield. Young QB Kyler Murray now has a new No. 1 option in Hopkins, who will head a loaded Cardinals wideout corps that also includes Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk .
The Texans are reportedly trading Hopkins to the Cardinals, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. We'll await details on the exact parameters of the deal, but this news comes shortly after reports surfaced that the Cardinals were sending running back David Johnson to Houston.
Hopkins acknowledged that he played through a painful rib injury Sunday in the Texans' 51-31 loss to the Chiefs in the divisional round, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. It's unclear at which point in the contest Hopkins suffered the injury, but after a brief examination in the locker room, he was deemed fit to return to action. Despite finishing the day with nine receptions for 118 yards on 14 targets, Hopkins' efforts weren't enough for the Houston offense to keep pace with a Patrick Mahomes-led attack that caught fire in the second quarter. The first-team All-Pro selection shouldn't be impacted by the injury by the time OTAs kick off in the spring, though he could opt to sit out the Pro Bowl next weekend for maintenance purposes.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|5||10/11||@New York Jets||25||23.50|
|12||11/29||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|13||12/06||Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|14||12/13||@New York Giants||29||26.00|
|16||12/27||San Francisco 49ers||11||18.68|
|17||01/03||@Los Angeles Rams||14||19.63|
|3 Year Avg||163||105||1372||10||73||13.07||195|