Arizona Cardinals: Could trading Hopkins to the Bills end up as a win-win for both teams?

Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins (10) catches a game-winning touchdown catch over Bill's Tre'Davious White
Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins (10) catches a game-winning touchdown catch over Bill's Tre'Davious White / Patrick Breen/The Republic via Imagn

As the DeAndre Hopkins trade rumors continue to gain fuel, the Arizona Cardinals would be smart to look at all options.

The Buffalo Bills are one of the best teams in the NFL, yet the franchise is every bit as snake bitten as the Arizona Cardinals. In fact, the Cards contributed to some of that snake bite in 2020, when quarterback Kyler Murray launched his now-famous “Hail Murray” to none other than DeAndre Hopkins. 

Less than three seasons later, could the Bills forgive the star receiver and inquire general manager Monti Ossenfort about a potential trade? It doesn’t sound farfetched, given how close Buffalo has come over the past three seasons. 

For the Bills, there may not be a price tag they couldn’t handle if it meant acquiring DeAndre Hopkins to line up opposite star receiver Stefon Diggs with the big-armed Josh Allen throwing the football. That alone should sound enticing to Bills fans everywhere. 

Arizona Cardinals could get a good deal from Buffalo for Hopkins

Just to be clear, this isn’t a prediction or even a rumor. Instead, it’s merely a reaction to what Zach Dimmitt of wrote earlier today. And it’s an idea I wholeheartedly agree with, since the Bills could be the greatest suitor for the Arizona Cardinals. The Redbirds could ship Hopkins to the Queen City, acquire the 27th overall pick, and both teams go home happy.  

This is something the Bills could realistically trade for since they may very well be just one puzzle piece from representing the AFC in the Super Bowl. As for the Cardinals, trading Hopkins to a team like Buffalo for a late first-round pick would give them three selections in the top 34. 

This, along with the projected three compensatory picks, would bump the Cards total from five measly picks to nine, and it would give Ossenfort a lot of draft capital to work with, especially early. Overall, it would be a win-win, assuming Ossenfort is wise and doesn’t call the wrong names like his predecessor, Steve Keim, had a bad habit of doing. 

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Source: Bills Trade for DeAndre Hopkins: A Move Buffalo Needs to Make? By Zach Dimitt,