Cardinals release DeAndre Hopkins: Three-time first-team All-Pro WR now free agent
The Arizona Cardinals pulled off one of the biggest surprises of the NFL offseason, cutting bait with DeAndre Hopkins. Arizona announced the franchise released Hopkins after it couldn’t find a trade partner for him.
With the release, Hopkins is free to sign with any team he wants. Hopkins has a cap number of $29,988,890 in 2023 and $25,453,886 in 2024, the final two years of an extension he signed when he was traded to the Cardinals in 2020. Arizona will eat $21,077,776 in dead cap with the release of Hopkins, saving $8,911,114 in cap space.
Hopkins has the eighth-most receiving yards through a player’s first 10 seasons in NFL history (11.298) and the fourth-most receptions after a player’s first 10 seasons (853). Hopkins averaged 7.1 catches per game (fourth in NFL) and 79.7 receiving yards per game (10th in NFL) despite only playing nine games last season. He’s been a first team All-Pro three times and selected to the Pro Bowl five times in his 10 NFL seasons.
With Hopkins free to sign wherever he wants, the teams he revealed he was interested in and the quarterbacks he prefers to play with will now be in play. Earlier this week, Hopkins listed Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts and Justin Herbert as quarterbacks he’d want to play with.
“What I want is stable management upstairs,” Hopkins said on the I AM ATHLETE podcast earlier this week. “I think that’s something I haven’t really had the past couple years of my career coming from Houston and then to Arizona.
“I’ve been through three or four GMs in my career, so a stable management. A QB who loves the game, a QB who brings everybody on board with him and pushes not just himself but everybody around him. And a great defense. A great defense wins championships.”
Hopkins will get the chance to seek that out in the coming days.