The opening day of the 2020/21 NFL year did not disappoint. As expected, the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys franchise tagged DT Chris Jones and QB Dak Prescott, respectively. However, quite few imagined that the Houston Texans would agree to trade standout wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for RB David Johnson and some draft picks.
Twitter Reacts to Hopkins-Johnson Exchange
Soon as news broke, it didn’t take long for NFL Twitter to share their thoughts on the trade heard around the country. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, who famously led the Chiefs to a comeback victory against the Texans during the playoffs in January, was one of the first to react.
Tyrann Mathieu, Mahomes’ current teammate and Hopkins’ former teammate, had words of his own.
Texans’ new top wideout Kenny Stills summed up his reaction in a gif.
On the other hand, Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson and outside linebacker Chandler Jones welcomed the revelation, with the former adding a bold prediction in the process.
Check out some of the other athlete, analyst and fan reactions below.
The new NFL year is off to a news-breaking start, to say the least.
Hopkins Was Reportedly Unhappy With His Contract
Many are likely wondering how the Texans could let arguably one of the best wide receivers in the league walk away in the prime of his career. Well, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle revealed that Hopkins was reportedly unhappy with his current contract in Houston, a deal that would have paid the 27-year-old $40 million over the course of the next three years.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter added to those reports by revealing that Hopkins’ name began circulating when it came to trade discussions months before Monday’s announcement. They originally thought they could manage a first-round pick for the deal, but looks like head coach and incoming general manager Bill O’Brien settled on David Johnson’s services and Arizona’s second-round pick this year and a fourth-round pick in 2021.
But, the Texans’ loss could be the Cardinals’ gain. Not only do they have a rising star in former Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, but adding running back Kenyan Drake and veteran receiver Larry Fitzgerald to the depth chart nearly completes an offense that could challenge the San Francisco 49ers for the NFL West divisional title this upcoming season.
The former Clemson Tiger leaves the team that selected him 27th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft with some impressive stats. Hopkins recorded 104 passes for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns during the 2019 campaign, earning first-team All-Pro selection honors for a third consecutive year.