Buffalo Bills Rumors: 3 trade ideas to bring in DeAndre Hopkins
By Ryan Heckman
As it stands, the Buffalo Bills have not made as many headlines during NFL free agency as several other teams have. However, that was to be expected, considering general manager Brandon Beane had more in-house work to do than anything.
Re-signing Jordan Poyer and restructuring a few of their own, Buffalo attempted to put themselves in a better position to get under the cap. Still, they could end up making a large move to put this roster over the hump.
One such move that’s been rumored as of late is for Buffalo to trade for Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. The 3-time All Pro has been subject of trade rumors for quite a while this offseason, as his contract is set to count $30 million against the cap in 2023. If any trade for Hopkins was made, he’d likely get a new deal that could lower that number for the upcoming campaign while giving him security down the line.
NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah reported that the Bills were, in fact, the number one landing spot for Hopkins at the moment.
Trade Number 1: The Buffalo Bills could trade a couple of draft picks for DeAndre Hopkins, plus a pick
Hopkins is a former All Pro and still one of the best receivers in the game. Set to turn 31 years old in June, Hopkins is likely to be traded from Arizona before the start of the season, and likely before June 1.
In this first trade idea, Buffalo would send the Cardinals their fourth-round pick in this year’s draft, coming in at number 130 overall. They’d also give up a seventh rounder in 2024.
In exchange, Buffalo would get Hopkins along with a sixth rounder this year. That gives Beane the ability to still have just as many overall picks in this year’s draft class. The Bills would be acquiring another Pro Bowl, All Pro type receiver to pair with Stefon Diggs, and Josh Allen would be set up for possibly his best season yet in the NFL.