After spending the past three seasons in Arizona, DeAndre Hopkins could now he headed back to where his NFL career started. According to the Houston Chronicle, the free agent receiver is interested in reuniting with the Houston Texans.
Hopkins spent the first seven seasons of his professional career in Houston and put up some big numbers, but his time with the team ended in 2020 when the Texans decided to trade himin a one-sided deal that was shocking at the time. Hopkins still has family in Houston, which is one reason why he would be open to a reunion.
The receiver's time in Arizona came to an end on Tuesday.
Adding Hopkins could actually make some sense for Houston, considering the team traded away Brandin Cooks to . Although the team did sign former Rams receiver Robert Woods this offseason, they don't have much experienced depth behind him. According to USA Today, Hopkins actually visited with the Texans at some point over the past week.
Hopkins will almost certainly be making a free agency tour in the coming weeks, but right now, it's not exactly clear who might be interested him. So far, he's Jets, Cowboys, Lions and Titans -- all making it sound like the five-time Pro Bowler. However, one dark horse landing spot could be New England. ESPN's Dianna Russini reported on Thursday that the Patriots have shown some interest in the 30-year-old receiver.with several teams -- including the
"There are several teams, including the New England Patriots, who are interested in DeAndre Hopkins," Russini said on "Get Up."
Patriots coach Bill Belichick offered zero hints about any possible interest when he was asked about Hopkins on Wednesday.
"I'm not going to comment on players that aren't on this team," Belichick said.
Hopkins' eventual landing spot could come down to how much money he wants. If his asking price is low, the Chiefs would likely be interested, but it's unlikely they would break the bank for him. According to Russini, Hopkins will be looking to make something similar to what Odell Beckham was given by the Ravens (OBJ got a one-year $15 million deal that ).
Of the four teams that might be interested right now -- Houston, New England, Buffalo and Kansas City -- the Texans currently have the most cap room with $16.8 million, according to Over the Cap.