1. Everyone else is pulling out
The New York Jets, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Tigers, and Jacksonville Jaguars are already five teams who have made it clear that they’re out on DeAndre Hopkins. And while teams like the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots have some apparent interest, there are others who are pointing out that those teams may be done perusing Hopkins.
The Bills remain interested, despite what the Tweet claims but like with the Chiefs, there seem to be limitations that Buffalo will have to deal with. The Cleveland Browns may not make the most sense right now, as they do have some of the most shallow pockets going in the game, but the fact that the market is collapsing around DeAndre Hopkins and his desire for a Beckahm-like contract should give the Browns hope.
After all, if you’re Hopkins, you don’t want to go the Latrell Sprewell route and price yourself out of the league. If the goal is to get paid, then the best option is to take a one-year, prove-it type of deal and then go back into free agency in 2024 with a solid season under your belt.
What’s the alternative, take no contract, make no money, and sit out for a year? Go play in the XFL? Most people would agree that $7 million is better than nothing, even if you wanted $15 million.