The Arizona Cardinals cut DeAndre Hopkins, so where does he end up?

Where does DeAndre Hopkins wind up?

With a rebuild well underway for the Arizona Cardinals, the expected move of moving on from star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins finally happened Friday, with the franchise officially announcing his release. Hopkins’ future in Arizona had been heavily speculated since the end of last season, mainly due to the direction of the franchise mixed with his $30.75 million cap hit, the highest for any receiver in the NFL and seventh overall among any player.

So where does that leave the five-time Pro Bowler? Here are the best fits for the soon-to-be-31-year-old Hopkins after a three-year stay in the desert. One team not appearing on this list is Houston. The Texans were the team that drafted Hopkins and where he played for the first seven years of his NFL career. With winning a Super Bowl in mind, I can’t think of a worse franchise to bet on. However, here are the best choices for D-Hop.

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When it comes to being so close, yet so far from winning a championship, no team exemplifies that more in recent years than Buffalo. Signing someone the caliber of Hopkins could finally put the Bills over the edge instead of losing in the playoffs again.

Lamar Jackson

Let’s keep Lamar Jackson happy! Even with a brand-new contract, drafting Zay Flowers in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft and the acquisition of Odell Beckham Jr., Baltimore’s wide receiving corps is still subpar. And here’s one spot where Hopkins can be the No. 1 guy.

Eric Bieniemy

In terms of winning a Super Bowl quickly, this absolutely isn’t the strongest fit. However, with Eric Bieniemy now installed as the team’s offensive coordinator and with a major point to prove around the league, Hopkins would be a major focal point and a major weapon for a younger offense.

Kirk Cousins (l.) and Justin Jefferson

Here’s a pipe dream. Justin Jefferson on one side, Hopkins on the other. What team is stopping that duo? Neither would be completely fulfilled in terms of workload, but it would be fun as heck to watch. Until Kirk Cousins somehow messes it up.

Patrick Mahomes

When it comes to being involved in anything in the NFL, Kansas City isn’t far behind. While the Chiefs don’t need Hopkins to win another Super Bowl, he’d be the best wide receiver on the team. This might be the only team he’d take a major pay cut to join with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback. 

Joe Burrow

Why not give Joe Burrow another big-name target? The Bengals would be an interesting fit for Hopkins as they’re a combination of the situations for Buffalo and Kansas City. They need to get over the hump to win a Super Bowl, but not much more has to go right for Cincinnati to get there.

Jerry Jones

Every attractive NFL agent should be considered to go to Dallas because Jerry Jones can spend money. The team hasn’t truly lived up to its billing for an incredibly long time and Hopkins could be what sends Cowboys to the next level. 

Aaron Rodgers lures old friend Randall Cobb to New York Jets

Reunited and it feels so good?

“Won’t you be my neighbor?” Aaron Rodgers probably said over the phone to another former teammate, coaxing them to join his circus in the New Jersey suburbs. This time falling for the optical illusion was reportedly Randall Cobb, who will stay on the same squad as the 39-year-old quarterback after all, signing a one-year deal with the New York Jets.

Cobb and Rodgers were teammates in Green Bay for 10 seasons, only interrupted by Cobb’s non-descript tenures with the Dallas Cowboys and Houston Texans for two years. And the next chapter of the greater New York Darkness Retreats rolls on.

Cobb is Rodgers’ 4th former teammate to join Gang Green

Cobb is the fourth former Green Bay teammate of Rodgers to come to East Rutherford, New Jersey, this offseason alongside Tim Boyle, Billy Turner, and fellow receiver Allen Lazard. The reunion is all under the guidance of failed Broncos head coach and now Jets’ offensive coordinator Nathaniel “can’t” Hackett, who also served as the OC in Green Bay before his terrible time in Denver. The move to add Cobb isn’t a surprise at all, as he was reportedly part of Rodgers’ “wish list” of teammates he presented to the Jets back in March. Also on the alleged list was now Baltimore Raven Odell Beckham Jr. and free agent tight end Marcedes Lewis, who at 38, is probably done in the NFL. And during an appearance earlier this year on the Pat McAfee Show, he said he wanted to play with the “Randall Cobbs of the world.” And now, he’s got the real thing.

The Aaron Rodgers experiment will be one of the NFL’s biggest trainwrecks, mixed with a shitty reality television show that the league has ever seen. We all know it’s trash, but we can’t look away and get enough of the mess that will unfold. The weird part is the Jets should be a playoff team this season. New York has no chance to win the AFC East, as Buffalo, the only team to actually play its home games in New York, is still several tiers above what exists in New Jersey. And the addition of Cobb only gives Rodgers more ammo that he’s the center of the universe. Great, exactly what we need. And there was much rejoicing.

Antonio Brown seeks attention, claims he’s making NFL return

Go away already

Antonio Brown is trending on Twitter again. The former NFL wide receiver tweeted that he’s unretiring, along with a Photoshopped picture of him in a Baltimore Ravens uniform.

The Baltimore Ravens haven’t announced anything. The league hasn’t told us that Brown is back. (Let’s hope it stays that way). It’s more likely that AB is campaigning for a job catching passing from Lamar Jackson, who is now the NFL’s highest-paid player after inking a five-year, $260 million contract extension.

The Ravens already signed a mercurial wideout this offseason — Odell Beckham, Jr.

The 34-year-old Brown hasn’t played since the 2021 season, famously stripping and walking out on his Tampa Bay teammates during a game. He wore out his welcome in Pittsburgh and New England before that.

The former star is now an owner of the Arena Football League’s Albany Empire, which didn’t come without its fair share of drama.

As you know, Brown has a long documented history of problematic and erratic behavior. Sometimes it’s serious allegations; other times it’s a cry for attention — and help. Just recently, we wrote about him allegedly owing — and paying after an arrest warrant was issued — more than $30,000 in child support to his ex.

He’s also been a mainstay in our Idiot of the Month/Year lists and our recent Jackass Tournament.

And now people on social media are believing it because blue checks don’t really exist anymore. Thanks, Elon.

Baltimore Ravens WR Odell Beckham Jr accused of assault at Hollywood hotspot

OBJ recently signed with the Baltimore Ravens

New Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. has been named as a suspect in an assault investigation, per a TMZ report, where a woman claims Beckham allegedly put his hands around her neck at a Los Angeles restaurant. However, representatives for the wide receiver and the restaurant’s owner where the alleged incident took place both say the woman’s claim is false.

Los Angeles police state the alleged event happened several weeks ago at Delilah, a West Hollywood restaurant known for being a celebrity favorite, where the 30-year-old Beckham allegedly grabbed the woman’s throat with light pressure. Beckham’s representatives told TMZ they weren’t aware of any investigation and had not been contacted by police. TMZ reports that after the alleged event took place, both the accuser and Beckham stayed at Delilah throughout the evening with no further incidents. However, the woman met with police about Beckham’s alleged actions days later.

John Terzian, who oversees the hospitality group that runs Delilah provided a comment to TMZ about the alleged incident: “We were contacted about an investigation and reviewed the videos, the claim is false. There is no evidence of this person even being in the area where she claims the incident occurred.” Beckham himself has yet to comment on the charges.