Report: Many teams inquired about Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins at deadline

Nov 6, 2022, 9:07 AM | Updated: 9:19 am
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins. (Arizona Sports Photo/Jeremy Schnell)...
Arizona Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins. (Arizona Sports Photo/Jeremy Schnell)
(Arizona Sports Photo/Jeremy Schnell)

The Arizona Cardinals were reportedly asked by “several teams” about star wideout DeAndre Hopkins at the NFL trade deadline, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The deadline passed on Tuesday and it was quite a busy day for the league that has a minimal amount of trade activity relative to other major sports leagues. Hopkins returned from his six-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs and has lit the league on fire over the last two weeks.

In his first two games back, Hopkins caught 22 balls for 262 yards and a jaw-dropping one-handed touchdown grab. He recorded over 10 catches and 100 yards in both contests, so it was no surprise teams were interested in one of the league’s best.

“Sources say DeAndre Hopkins was the subject of a flurry of trade calls, with several teams reaching out to Cardinals general manager Steve Keim to see if the star wideout would be available,” Rapoport reported.

“According to several people with knowledge of the situation, Keim was unwilling to move Hopkins. What’s unclear is if Keim wasn’t doing a deal at any price or if teams simply didn’t meet his price.”

The 30-year-old will become a free agent in 2025 and is owed $19.45 million next year and $14.915 million in 2024. The Cardinals sit at 3-5 on the season and face a pivotal point in their year with three-straight division games, but Keim did not want to pull the trigger.

The team may have been hesitant to strike a deal after the team’s rapid decline in offensive efficiency at the end of last season without Hopkins. Arizona also made a major investment into its star quarterback Kyler Murray and taking away one of the best wideouts from a growing franchise cornerstone was not in the GM’s plans.

Murray has been a more efficient passer on the field this year when Hopkins is present, averaging 1.4 more passing yards per attempt. His completion percentage is better (70% to 65.1%) and so is his passer rating (97.7 to 81.9). Murray is also more aggressive and efficient with Hopkins.

Kickoff against the Seattle Seahawks in Glendale is at 2:05 p.m. Tune in on Arizona Sports 98.7, the Arizona Sports app and

Life Changer Loans

Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals TE Zach Ertz, his wife Julie and son Madden (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Zach Ertz not letting knee injury sideline him from giving back

Arizona Cardinals TE Zach Ertz can't contribute on the field for the rest of 2022, but that hasn't stopped him from doing so off of it.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Rondale Moore (4) makes a one-handed catch in front of Los Angeles ...
Arizona Sports

Patriots-Cardinals injury report: Rondale Moore, DeAndre Hopkins out Thursday

Rondale Moore and DeAndre Hopkins were out Thursday ahead of the Arizona Cardinals' Monday Night Football game vs. the New England Patriots.
1 day ago
Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...
Tyler Drake

Cardinals’ Kyler Murray on Patrick Peterson criticism: ‘I know who I am’

Cardinals QB Kyler Murray went from a peaceful bye week away from football to dealing with criticism in the form of Patrick Peterson chatter.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals DL Zach Allen (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...
Tyler Drake

With miniscule playoff chances, Cardinals lean on pride

Playoff hopes are nearly nonexistent at this point for the Arizona Cardinals. Individually, there remains a lot to play for.
2 days ago
New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reviews print outs of previous plays during the firs...
Arizona Sports

Behind Enemy Lines: Unsurprisingly, Bill Belichick focuses on Patriots’ execution

Entering a Week 14 tilt against the Arizona Cardinals, the New England Patriots offense led by Mac Jones is faced with question marks.
2 days ago
Arizona Cardinals WR Greg Dortch (Tyler Drake/Arizona Sports)...
Tyler Drake

Kingsbury: Cardinals’ Greg Dortch ‘has made big strides’ with thumb injury

The Arizona Cardinals are hoping to get a handful of names back in the mix at some point or another for the final stretch of the 2022 season.
3 days ago
Report: Many teams inquired about Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins at deadline