In a fairly unexpected turn of events, veteran wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals is now a free agent after the team announced on Friday afternoon that they were releasing the five-time Pro Bowl receiver. The next major story is where he will sign next, and he has already dropped a few hints about it.
Hopkins, who was selected by the Houston Texans with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, was traded from the Texans to the Cardinals in 2020. Hopkins’ tenure in the Arizona desert has come to an end after the Cardinals traded a second round and a fourth round pick to secure his arrival at State Farm Stadium.
Numerous teams are anticipated to be interested in signing the wide receiver as a free agency when Hopkins is released. Among the clubs likely to be interested are the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, Kansas City Chiefs, and Baltimore Ravens.
On the IAmAthlete podcast, the 30-year-old recently made a list of the best quarterbacks he would like to play for. When asked who he prefers as a quarterback, Hopkins, who has spent the last three seasons playing with Kyler Murray in Arizona, said Andrew Luck.
“That’s a good question,” said Hopkins. “I would have to say one of my favorite quarterbacks I’ve been watching since he came in the league is Josh Allen. He reminds me of a new-school Andrew Luck.”
Hopkins then listed Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles), Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs), and Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens), in that order, as his other quarterbacks. When asked if the Dallas Cowboys’ Dak Prescott would be included in his final quarterback choice, he shook his head and replied with Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers).
The list makes it abundantly clear that Hopkins wants to join a quarterback who is seasoned, successful, and skilled on a squad that can challenge for the Super Bowl.