After leaving his Titans assembly with no deal, DeAndre Hopkins continues to discover his choices. Whereas he could effectively proceed to attend on the proper supply following his Patriots go to, the perimeters will huddle up for a multi-day summit.
Hopkins’ Pats visit will start later Wednesday and extend through Thursday. Although New England will not be recognized to splurge for large receiver assist, Hopkins’ worth has actually dropped in comparison with the place it was when he locked down his Cardinals extension three years in the past.
This won’t be an exploratory go to to merely gauge Hopkins’ market, per The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, who notes some optimism exists the perimeters can use this assembly to hammer out an settlement (subscription required). Rigidity between Hopkins and new Patriots OC Invoice O’Brien could also be up to now as effectively, with ESPN’s Dianna Russini including no animosity stays between the 2 ex-Texans (Twitter link). Amid his woeful interval within the Texans’ GM position, O’Brien pulled the set off on buying and selling Hopkins to Arizona in March 2020.
The Patriots haven’t been shy about buying confirmed items at receiver below Invoice Belichick. Within the years because the Randy Moss and Wes Welker trades, New England has traded for Brandin Cooks, Josh Gordon and Mohamed Sanu and signed the likes of Danny Amendola, Antonio Brown, Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne and JuJu Smith-Schuster. That stated, the lone eight-figure-per-year fee the staff licensed on this bunch — the two-year, $22M Agholor deal — didn’t pan out. Smith-Schuster signed for 3 years and $25.5M ($16M assured). The Pats additionally bailed on Cooks and Deion Branch by way of commerce relatively than join a big-ticket contract.
Hopkins will not be aiming to take a steep low cost from his Cardinals pact, which might have paid him $19.45M in 2023. Odell Beckham Jr.‘s $15M Ravens guarantee has come up a few times throughout Hopkins’ free company. A number of evaluators pegged Hopkins’ worth within the $8-$10M-per-year vary, SI.com’s Albert Breer famous throughout an NBC Sports activities Boston look (video link). This might additionally embody incentives to maneuver the cash towards that $19M-plus mark. Something near $19M at this juncture stays extremely unrealistic, and the Pats ponying up roughly $10M for a participant coming off two injury-plagued seasons — and a 2022 PED suspension — ought to actually not be thought-about a lock.
However at the same time as Buffalo and Kansas Metropolis lingered because the early favorites, New England hovered as a team to watch. These rumors resulting in this go to with a participant Belichick has lengthy seen in excessive regard factors to real curiosity. The staff holds $14.8M in cap area, which checks in at 14th as of Wednesday morning.