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1 big reason each D-Hop suitor won’t sign him

DeAndre Hopkins

Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) warms up before their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at State Farm Stadium in Glendale on Dec. 25, 2022.

The Cardinals were unable to find a trade suitor for DeAndre Hopkins, so they began the weekend by releasing him. Now, numerous teams across the NFL are being connected to the former All-Pro player.

Fans across the country are filled with excitement as they imagine the possibility of signing a talented new player. Among all the available free agents this summer, DeAndre Hopkins undoubtedly stands out as the most captivating. He has further fueled the speculation by mentioning quarterbacks he admires, leading to a whirlwind of rumors.

However, only a single team will ultimately succeed in signing him, leaving the majority of hopeful fans disappointed. Realistically, it’s already evident why most teams will fail to secure his services.

Let’s run it down…

1 big reason each DeAndre Hopkins suitor won’t sign star WR

Chiefs and Bills: The price won’t come down

The Chiefs and the Bills emerged as strong contenders for Hopkins after his release, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Both teams boast exceptional quarterbacks whom the receiver would be thrilled to play alongside. According to reports, both teams made attempts to facilitate a trade for him.

Both the Chiefs and the Bills face similar challenges: They have limited salary cap space and require Hopkins to accept a lower salary in order to make a potential deal work.

Hopkins may want to play for a contender, but who doesn’t?

Time and time again we’ve seen players ultimately chose the bigger contract on a non-contender rather than actually taking the pay cut. And Hopkins is sure to have offers from teams with more financial flexibility to draw him away from his stated desire to catch passes from Patrick Mahomes or Josh Allen.