Will Fuller and former teammate could reunite with Cardinals

(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller
(Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller /

DeAndre Hopkins can reunite with a former teammate in the desert if free agent Will Fuller inks a deal with the Arizona Cardinals.

A couple of weeks from now, there’s a fairly good possibility that the Arizona Cardinals could find themselves shopping for a wide receiver. The uncertain status of Christian Kirk and A.J. Green, two of the club’s pass-catchers who are scheduled for free agency, could force general manager Steve Keim to replenish the position.

One wideout who Arizona could consider pursuing is Will Fuller, a free agent who just so happens to be a former teammate of DeAndre Hopkins. Perhaps the pair, who played alongside each other for four seasons (2016-19) with the Houston Texans, could get together again for a reunion with the Cardinals this coming fall.

When healthy, Fuller can be an explosive weapon for an NFL offense. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-1,184-pounder has been sidelined for a huge chunk of his professional career. Would the Cards take a gamble on such an injury-prone individual?

Arizona Cardinals could likely get Will Fuller at a bargain rate in 2022

The 27-year-old Fuller could be exactly what the salary cap-strapped Redbirds are looking for this spring. Keim has found success in the past by signing veterans to one-year “prove-it” deals. At this point, Fuller may have to accept a below-market contract offer from a franchise that’s willing to assume some risk by signing the seventh-year pro.

As alluded to earlier, Fuller has been phenomenal at times since he entered the league back in 2016. The 21st-overall pick out of Notre Dame averaged an impressive 14.9 yards per reception during his five campaigns with Houston. In 53 appearances (52 starts), Fuller hauled in 209 passes for 3,110 yards and 24 touchdowns for the Texans.

In 2021, Fuller inked a one-year, $10.6 million contract with the Miami Dolphins. The Philadelphia native suffered a broken finger, however, during a Week 4 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Fuller was placed on the injured-reserve list in early October, so his stint with the Dolphins lasted a grand total of just three games.

If he can avoid the injury bug, the sky could be the limit for Fuller in Arizona’s “Air Raid” offense. An incentive-laden, one-year contract could make a lot of sense for both the Cardinals and the receiver in 2022.

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