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Thoughts About the Hopkins/Johnson Trade

In all likelihood, the seeds of yesterday’s shocking trade that sent the Cardinals’ star-crossed RB David Johnson, his full salary, the #40 pick in the 2020 draft and a 2021 4th round pick to the Texans for disgruntled All Pro WR DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 4th round pick, were planted a few weeks back at the NFL Combine.

It was no secret that the Texans’ GM/HC Bill O’Brien was open to listening to offers for Hopkins—-in fact, O’Brien was entertaining offers for Hopkins before the trading deadline last year.

It also was no secret that the Cardinals were looking to trade RB David Johnson so that they could recover some of his salary to put toward re-signing RB Kenyan Drake, a player whom head coach Kliff Kingsbury has deemed a “perfect fit” for his offense.