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The trade is reportedly still being finalized, but the two main pieces include Hopkins and running back David Johnson. Sources tell ESPN the Cardinals will receive Hopkins and a late-round pick in exchange for Johnson and a second-round pick.
The 27-year-old Hopkins is one of the NFL's most prolific wideouts. Last season, Hopkins recorded seven touchdowns, 104 receptions, and 1,165 yards en route to being named a First-Team All-Pro and Pro-Bowl receiver. Hopkins has been to the Pro Bowl four times since entering the NFL seven years ago. He also led the league in touchdowns in 2017 and was named an All-Pro (either first or second team) receiver four times.
The Cardinals' Chase Edmonds was enthusiastic about the development on Twitter:
Johnson has not been as accomplished as Hopkins throughout his career. Although he was selected to the Pro Bowl and named an All-Pro back in 2016, last season wasn't as productive as the Cardinals would have hoped. Despite playing in 13 games, Johnson only raked in 345 yards and two touchdowns. The difference in production has fans wondering what pushed Houston to make this move.
This trade might have confused some fans in Houston, but the Cardinals faithful have hit the jackpot. Hopkins will pair up with future Hall of Fame receiver Larry Fitzgerald. This gives the young, talented Kyler Murray two trusted targets as his game matures.
Overall, Hopkins feels pretty good about it, using a Future meme to describe his mood.