3 – Few teams will pay $19.45 million for a 31-year-old
As it stands, Hopkins’ is due nearly $34 million in cash ($19.45 million in 2023) over the next two seasons. Since he will turn 31 by Week 1 of 2023, teams may think twice about dishing out so much money for a 31-year-old.
While there is always a team or two willing to take the risk, it all reverts back to whether Hopkins would want to wind up with that team. If the answer is no, then once again, look for Hopkins to spend another year (or two) in the desert.
Hopkins’ advanced age is another factor. And while every receiver is different when they drop off, look at A.J. Green who spent the previous two years with the Arizona Cardinals. Or Julio Jones, who played in just 19 games and recorded 106 receptions since he turned 31. While 106 in 19 games is great, keep in mind that these catches occurred over the past three seasons, giving Jones an average of just 35 catches per season.
As it stands, Hopkins is still a major talent who will draw interest. But there are plenty of reasons, as outlined above, why the Cardinals may have a tougher time dealing him than many of us in the Trade Hopkins Camp think.
Article Source: The Cardinals May Have Trouble Trying to Trade DeAndre Hopkins by Albert Breer
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