The offseason has already been an eventful one for teams like the Arizona Cardinals, and Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Poles might just be one to benefit from the chaos.
Arizona decided to fire head coach Kliff Kingsbury just months after extending him through 2027. General manager Steve Keim also stepped down as general manager, giving the Cardinals a fresh slate to fill in terms of leadership.
Tuesday, reports also started to circulate regarding one of the Cardinals’ top players.
All Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins appears to be on his way out of Arizona, as they enter a full rebuild around quarterback Kyler Murray.
The Chicago Bears absolutely must enter the DeAndre Hopkins trade sweepstakes.
If the Bears want to give Justin Fields one of the best weapons they could possible afford, then they have to enter the Hopkins sweepstakes.
Now, what would a trade look like? There’s a few possibilities, but let’s start with a relatively tame offer.
Those talking about a Hopkins trade will bring up the Amari Cooper deal, where the Browns gave up a pair of fifth-round picks and swapped sixths with the Dallas Cowboys.
Hopkins is an even better receiver than Cooper, so let’s start with just a simple fourth-round pick.
With two years left on his deal and $34 million, Hopkins is going to cost a good chunk of money — but he’ll be worth it. There’s also a report suggesting he could want a new deal in addition to a trade, so the Bears might be committing to him for the next few years. That’s also not a bad thing, as Hopkins doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
The 30-year-old veteran will turn 31 before next season, but the 3-time All Pro has been relatively healthy throughout his career but missed time last season due to a suspension.