While the best wide receiver available hunts for his next NFL team, the DeAndre Hopkins sweepstakes is still ongoing.
Although there is one team that fits the mold and appears to be out on the Pro Bowler, Hopkins stated that he is looking for a strong organization with a decent quarterback he can gel with heading into the postseason.
After completing a blockbuster trade with the Green Bay Packers, the New York Jets now have Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, and after missing the playoffs for the previous 12 seasons, the move positions them to be a genuine contender.
On Wednesday, however, head coach Robert Saleh brushed off a query regarding Hopkins possibly joining the squad.
“We love our current group,” Saleh said, via The New York Post, about the team’s receivers. “I know there was some stuff with Odell [Beckham Jr.], but other than that, we love our group.”
Although the Jets were in the running to sign Beckham, he ultimately decided to accept a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens to play alongside Lamar Jackson.
Keeping intentions a secret in professional sports often involves some gamesmanship, but taking Saleh at his word seems reasonable in light of the Jets’ receiving group.
First, despite uncertainty at the quarterback position between Zach Wilson, Mike White, and Joe Flacco last season, Garrett Wilson was named offensive rookie of the year. He is anticipated to flourish now that Rodgers is in charge of the offense.
Hopkins is a consistent top receiver in the NFL, so throwing away the chance to sign him would be negligent. The Jets have the cap space to sign Hopkins because, according to OverTheCap.com, they currently have a $24 million surplus.
Due to their reputations as some of the best teams in the NFL, particularly when it comes to quarterback play, teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, and Philadelphia Eagles are among the favorites to sign the guy they call “Nuk” on the football field.