DeAndre Hopkins is a mainstay in the desert.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. The Arizona Cardinals made superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins, the highest-paid non-QB in NFL history with a two-year contract extension worth $54.5 million with $27.25 million per year.
The three-time First-Team All-Pro climbed his way to becoming one of the premier stars of the NFL. In seven seasons with Houston, Hopkins caught 632 balls, over 8600 yards receiving, and 54 touchdowns.
In 2019, Hopkins showed zero signs of slowing down. It was his fifth season of 1000-plus receiving yards, over 11 yards per catch, and seven touchdowns.
Hopkins himself negotiated the deal with Arizona. It was similar to how free agent cornerback Richard Sherman signed his three-year contract worth $39 million, but only $3 million was guaranteed. Hopkins’ guaranteed money is an absurd $42.75 million.
The eighth-year receiver was part of a blockbuster trade in the offseason with the Arizona Cardinals. Hopkins, a 2020 fourth-round pick was traded for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round draft pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
Second-year quarterback Kyler Murray will have the number one weapon. What was absent last year was a daredevil receiver to rack up points under second-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s high-flying offense.
It was part of a successful offseason that included bringing in veteran Chargers defensive tackle Jordan Phillips. In the 2020 NFL Draft, they drafted the versatile Tasmanian Devil from Clemson, linebacker Isaiah Simmons.
The Cardinals are looking to improve off their last season’s 5-10-1 record.
Playoff Odds: +275
Arizona was scrappy fun to watch last year and while the competition is tough with San Francisco and Seattle. The Cardinals’ chances of making the playoffs are a possibility, but a lot has to go right this season for that to happen.