The Arizona Cardinals are still buying DeAndre Hopkins, but one team may have emerged as the front runner, the Buffalo Bills.
Our friends at Buffa Low Down have outlined three potential trade scenarios for the Buffalo Bills to acquire Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins in a potential semi-blockbuster trade. Of course we are raise zone also indicated that a trade between the cards and bills could end up like this win-win situation for both franchises, and the same for a month later.
We all know the Bills are right there, and they were that close to the Super Bowl for three years under Josh Allen and Company. But after coming up short three times, it’s safe to say the Bills will be looking to pull off a semi-blockbuster trade for a player like Hopkins to put them over the top.
And yes, when I say semi-blockbuster, I mean they would be willing to pay more for Hopkins than many in NFL circles assert, thanks to recent trading by Brandin Cooks. If it means bringing a Lombardi to Buffalo, they’ll pay higher compensation.
Ryan Heckman from Buffa Low Down gave us three potential trading propositions. The first of these involved sending a fourth and 2024 seventh-round pick for Hopkins, who will not make it. General Manager Monti Ossenfort seems to be making it clear that he doesn’t want to and shouldn’t budge from his starting priceso that first trade doesn’t happen.
The second is a player swap, and while I’d rather see draft picks, I might personally concede if Ossenfort Heckman accepted that suggestion and took over EdOliver for Hopkins. Oliver wasn’t bad last season and earned a PFF class from 68.5. He also totaled 34 combined tackles, 2.5 sacks, one forced fumble, nine tackles from behind the line, and 14 quarterback hits in 13 contests.
Although Oliver is below average, he is a definite upgrade about Leki Fotu and Rashard Lawrence. And what doesn’t mean he doesn’t thrive in the system of head coach Jonathan Gannon and defensive coordinator Nick Rallis?
Finally, Heckman suggested simply trading a 2023 third-round pick for Hopkins. If I’m Ossenfort, I’ll turn that into a second-round pick, even if that means I have to pack an asset or two in addition to Hopkins. I don’t mind that suggestion, but I would find a way to get Buffalo to give me a second one.
Overall, I agree with Heckman’s second and third suggestions, third suggestion with an asterisk, but I certainly wouldn’t trade Hopkins for a fourth and a seventh. We’ll see if Buffalo is actually the front runner, and if so, the trade will be similar to what Heckman outlined in his article.
Source: Buffalo Bills Rumours: 3 Trade Ideas To Attract DeAndre Hopkins by Ryan Heckman, BuffaLowDown.com.