DeAndre Hopkins Hints He Wants to Be Traded to the Buffalo Bills
We're 10 days from round one of the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Buffalo Bills will be picking 27th overall, next Thursday night from Kansas City, where this year's draft is being held.
General manager Brandon Beane has made quite a few free agent additions, such as Deonte Harty (WR), Trent Sherfield (WR), Damien Harris (RB), Connor McGovern (OL), David Edwards (OL), Kyle Allen (QB) and Taylor Rapp (S).
The Bills have re-signed some key players too, such as Jordan Poyer, Jordan Phillips, Tyler Matakevich, Shaq Lawson and David Quessenberry; but list Tremaine Edmunds, Devin Singletary and Case Keenum in free agency.
Many experts are forecasting the Bills draft a linebacker or offensive lineman at pick 27, but there is still a large portion of fans who want the Bills to draft wide receiver.
Gabe Davis was largely a disappointment in 2022 and he has not shown consistency as an every-down number two wide out in his three-year NFL career.
Stefon Diggs is getting older (30 this next season) and there are really no long-term plans behind him. Second-year pro Khalil Shakir might blossom but the Bills could use another productive wide receiver if they want to take a run at a Super Bowl in 2023.
Arizona Cardinals star DeAndre Hopkins has been rumored to be traded since March. Arizona has brought in a new GM and coaching staff, and Hopkins would prefer to be on a contender, plus he makes a lot of money and is 30 years old.
The Bills, Chiefs, Jets, Patriots and Panthers have all been speculated to be interested but what was fascinating is Hopkins was a guest on CBS Sports' All Things Covered, and he let his hand be shown on who he wants to go to.
Hopkins did not show much enthusiasm when the Jets and Patriots were mentioned, but when the Bills and Chiefs were mentioned, he looked very much happy about those destinations.
Should be noted that Hopkins does not have a no-trade clause in his contract. That was voided due to his suspension in 2022 for substance abuse. Technically, Arizona can trade him anywhere, but this shows Hopkins has preferences.
Hopkins would not solve the long-term problem at wide receiver for the Bills but it absolutely solves short-term and makes the Bills a viable Super Bowl contender again.