After the Arizona Cardinals shockingly released their best wide receiver, Deandre Hopkins, he is now free to sign with any team he would like. However, it appears that the market for the star veteran receiver is much smaller than many believed it would have been.
Since being released from the team, Hopkins has only had two visits with teams that may sign him. One being the Tennessee Titans and the other being the New England Patriots. It appears that he will be forced to sign with one of these two teams despite having the potential to be a contributing factor on a contending team. Out of the two teams that Hopkins has visited, there is a clear choice on where he should sign.
Signing with the Titans gives Hopkins the best chance of making the playoffs. Although the Titans may end up being a weaker team than New England even with Hopkins on their roster, with the team being in the AFC South rather than the AFC East, there is a much clearer path to the postseason.
With Hopkins on the team, they would have a much stronger passing game and a well-rounded offense. Last season, after trading A.J. Brown, the Titans were an awful team through the air and their offense solely relied on Derek Henry. If they are able to sign D Hop, the Titans will be able to keep opposing defenses on their toes, and they will no longer be able to stack the box to commit to stopping the run.
While the Patriots may not see the playoffs even if they sign Hopkins, New England would give him the opportunity to have a very solid year. Mac Jones is looking to have a huge bounce-back season after a disappointing year in 2022. With the Patriots likely moving on from him if he once again falls short of expectations, he has plenty of motivation to have a big third year in the league.
Hopkins would be the clear first option at wide receiver for New England if he were to sign there. With Jones poised for a big year, the veteran receiver would likely be the recipient of a good chunk of Jones’s passing yards throughout the season. As Hopkins will only likely stick with whichever team he signs with for one year, if he has a big season in 2023, there is a strong chance that he will be able to sign with a contender in the 2024 season.
The Patriots would be the best option out of the two teams that Hopkins has visited. They have a much stronger roster and even if Jones performs like he did in the 2022 season, he is still a more reliable option at quarterback than Ryan Tannehill.
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