DeAndre Hopkins may be 31, but the former Pro Bowler has no plans to call it a career anytime soon, that he's got at least another half-decade of football in the tank. And there's at least a trio of teams vying for his services. The Patriots and Titans -- the two perceived front-runners in this sweepstakes -- have had communication with Hopkins this week and both teams reportedly have offers on the table, though no signing is imminent.
The Titans have been more aggressive to this point, ESPN reported Saturday, but Hopkins hasn't been in a rush to sign. That's because he may want to leave open the possibility of increasing his market by getting another team (or more?) to enter the mix.
And there may already be one. Despite buzz about the wide receiver potentially landing with New England and Tennessee, the Chiefs remain another possibility, according to an earlier report from ESPN, as they remain in talks with the free agent.
"The Chiefs have kept in contact," Jeremy Fowler reported, "and they have, certainly, some interest."
The issue for K.C. is money, as has been the case since Hopkins initially became available via trade early this offseason. The team has just over $400,000 in current salary cap space -- the least in the NFL -- and Hopkins is reportedly seeking a deal in the range of the $15 million one-year pact that Odell Beckham Jr. landed with the Ravens. The Chiefs could free up money to pursue Hopkins "more aggressively" by extending star defensive tackle Chris Jones, per Fowler, but that might not happen until late in the summer.
In the meantime, Hopkins has previously visited with the Patriots and Titans earlier this offseason and appear to have the inside track at landing him, though Houston reportedly also hosted the former All-Pro on an unofficial visit after his release from Arizona.
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The Chiefs acquired former Giants first-round pick Kadarius Toney via trade during their 2022 Super Bowl season, and they also spent a second-rounder on rookie Rashee Rice. But they lost starting wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster in free agency and could arguably use another veteran to plug in opposite former Packers speedster Marquez Valdes-Scantling.