It was the trade that got social media talking in a period where sports are so sorely missed. On Monday, the Houston Texans reportedly offloaded four-time Pro Bowler DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for running back David Johnson. Honestly no NFL fan or player saw this coming.
Hopkins Says a Lot Without Saying Little
Naturally, all eyes were on Hopkins’ social media to see how and when the 27-year-old would respond to the announcement. Well, Monday evening Hopkins broke his silence, and it seems like he’s not upset at the thought of catching passes from Kyler Murray rather than Deshaun Watson this upcoming season.
Coupled with a video from award-winning rapper Future chuckling while saying, “sensational,” Hopkins’ captioned it “Mood,” with a praying hands emoji. While Texans fans prepare to denounce their franchise, Hopkins appears all but ready to bid adieu himself.
Then, he followed up with a message of thanks for his former franchise and teammates, fans and the city of Houston.
His tweet reads: “The Texan’s organization served me well, the city of Houston served me well and my teammates served me well. The city of Houston will forever be loved. Now it’s time to bring a championship to AZ!! HOP OUT!!!”
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Hopkins’ name began making the rounds when it was reported that he was unhappy with the deal on his current contract, one that would pay him $40 million for three more years of his services. Houston’s front office were initially seeking first-round picks for the South Carolina native, but it looks like what Arizona offered was good enough for head coach and de factor general manager Bill O’Brien.
Twitter Aims Disdain at O’Brien
Naturally, Texans fans were none too thrilled at their longtime head coach regarding his decision to get rid of not only one of their most talented athletes, but also someone so beloved by many in The Lone Star State. Twitter, perhaps rightfully so, aired their grievances and poked fun at the former Penn State manager in the process.
Looks like whenever O’Brien inevitably decides to speak on this risky move, he’ll have some explaining to do. Not to mention, a lot of angry fans to please this season.