Cardinals release WR Hopkins after 3 seasons



Which group is the very best suitable for DeAndre Hopkins? (0: 56)

Mike Tannenbaum responds to the Cardinals launching DeAndre Hopkins and hypothesizes on which group would be an excellent suitable for the receiver. (0: 56)

  • Josh Weinfuss, ESPN Staff Writer May 26, 2023, 01: 04 PM ET


    • Covered the Cardinals because 2012
    • Graduate of Indiana University
    • Member of Pro Football Writers of America

TEMPE, Ariz.– The Arizona Cardinals launched pass receiver DeAndre Hopkins on Friday, the group revealed.

Hopkins’ future with the Cardinals had actually remained in concern given that completion of the 2022 season due to the fact that of his team-high $3075 million cap hit, which ranked tops amongst pass receivers in the NFL and seventh greatest total.

By launching Hopkins now, the Cardinals will conserve $8.15 million in cap area in 2023 however are set to take a dead cap hit of $226 million. Hopkins had actually been under agreement through the 2024 season.

Hopkins, 30, had actually been at the center of trade speculation for months, however the Cardinals didn’t deal the pass receiver throughout April’s NFL draft. Basic supervisor Monti Ossenfort stated at the time: “DeAndre’s a Cardinal, and we’re progressing.”

The Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots had actually been amongst the groups apparently thinking about pursuing Hopkins.

Hopkins avoided the Cardinals’ voluntary arranged group activities this month, stating on the “I Am Athlete” podcast with Brandon Marshall that he was rather in Toronto to exercise.

In his 3 seasons in Arizona, Hopkins had 2,696 backyards and 17 goals on 221 receptions, consisting of 64 captures for a team-leading 717 lawns and 3 TDs in 2015. Hopkins missed out on the very first 6 video games of the 2022 season after being suspended for breaking the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

Without Hopkins, the Cardinals’ pass receiver corps will be led by Marquise Brown(67 captures for 709 backyards in 2022), Greg Dortch(52 captures, 467 lawns) and Rondale Moore(41 captures, 414 lawns).

Hopkins was traded to the Cardinals in March 2020 from the Houston Texans in addition to a fourth-round choice for running back David Johnson, a second-round choice that year and a fourth-round choice in 2021.

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