When the Arizona Cardinals released DeAndre Hopkins, the Kansas City Chiefs were approached as a popular landing spot. However, the Chiefs were showing interest in Hopkins long before his release.
Kansas City He got permission to speak With Hopkins out of contention early, via Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. The Chiefs spoke to Hopkins before the NFL draft.
While their needs are genuine, money plays a big role. No longer tied to a nearly $20 million contract, the Chiefs can sign Hopkins to his own contract. Still, Hopkins is an All-Pro receiver, he won’t be cheap. If Kansas City could figure out the financial side of the deal, there would be a clear path to success for both sides.
The Chiefs may have Travis Kelce, but they still need a true WR1. JuJu Smith-Schuster, who filled that role last year, is now with the New England Patriots. Kansas City has some incredible talent like Skye Moore and Kadarius Toney. However, neither matches what Hopkins brings.
A 10-year veteran, Hopkins was named a Pro Bowler five times and All-Pro three times. He had 11,298 receiving yards and 71 touchdowns in his career. However, one thing Hopkins doesn’t have is a Super Bowl ring.
Kansas City, reigning Super Bowl champions, know a thing or two about winning titles. Along with the Chiefs, Hopkins joins a roster primed for success.
He also joins in wherever he is needed. The Chiefs were interested in DeAndre Hopkins before he became a free agent. Now that he’s available, Kansas City could be one of the first teams to make the call, thinking the money has worked.