The 2023 NFL Draft came and went, and there weren’t many major trades for players already in the league compared to other years. The Philadelphia Eagles acquired Detroit Lions running back D’Andre Swift in a trade, but that was the biggest news in that category.
However, many thought the Arizona Cardinals had a chance to move All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins during the Draft. Instead, he remained in Phoenix when all was said and done.
He doesn’t seem to care too much either.
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Hopkins posted a story on his Instagram showing him working in Phoenix on Monday, and he could be killing any business buzz in the process.
«I see everyone telling me to stay. Who said I wanted to go? Who said I wanted to go? I’m here working honey. What’s up?»
New Cardinals general manager Monti Ossenfort made a few trades Thursday as the draft began, resulting in a 2024 first-round pick among other assets, but Hopkins remained on the roster.
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When asked about the receiver, Ossenfort shut down any idea that Arizona wants to move on from him.
«I don’t foresee that happening,» Ossenfort said Thursday night. “I don’t know what will happen here in the next few days. Right now, I don’t foresee that happening, no.
«DeAndre is a cardinal and we are moving forward.»
Before Ossenfort’s arrival, Hopkins was acquired in 2020 when the Houston Texans were going through a trade. He ended up enjoying Arizona, racking up 115 passes for 1,407 yards and six touchdowns in his first season with the franchise.
However, last year, Hopkins received a PED suspension that kept him out of the first six games. And in 2021, injuries did not allow him to have the same production. In total, Hopkins played just 19 games in the past two years.
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Now, as the Cardinals look to rebuild their roster and return to the playoffs, they’re staring at the $54.5 million they owe Hopkins over the next two seasons on the books.
While he’s the No. 1 receiver when he’s on the field, pundits believed the Cardinals could use that money to improve their roster elsewhere.
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But Hopkins is building and working to be a part of the group in 2023.