NFL News: DeAndre Hopkins is one of the most sought-after free agents currently. The Arizona Cardinals released the All-Pro wide receiver earlier this off-season. The New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans have seemingly been the front-runners to sign Hopkins this off-season. The veteran wide receiver has visited both organizations and even left Nashville with a contract offer. Significant news surfaced today specifically regarding the Patriots and Hopkins.
The New England Patriots Will Continue To Purse DeAndre Hopkins Even After Massive New Wide Receiver Contract
The New England Patriots agreed to terms with wide receiver DeVante Parker on a new deal today. Many speculated that deal was going to take DeAndre Hopkins’ would be place on the roster. However, that isn’t the case. According to multiple reports, the New England Patriots will continue to pursue Hopkins after signing Parker.
Parker’s three-year deal is worth up to $33 million and it is expected to include a lower base salary than the $5.7 million he was on track to make in 2023. There is the potential to make more via incentives and per-game roster bonuses, so it’s unclear how much the new deal will impact the Patriots’ cap positioning.
How Can The New England Patriots Still Pursue DeAndre Hopkins? (NFL News)
The Patriots still remain $14 million under the cap. The DeVante Parker extension could actually make a potential Hopkins signing easier, as it will likely lower his cap hit in 2023. If the Patriots do sign Hopkins, they could release Kendrick Bourne to free up $5.46 million in cap space.
Hopkins has made it clear he wants to get paid (at least) what Odell Beckham Jr. got paid from the Baltimore Ravens ($15 million annually). “I should mention this does nothing to dampen the — let’s say — optimism for a potential signing for DeAndre Hopkins,” Ian Rapoport reported. “New England still in the mix there.”
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