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DeAndre Hopkins Makes Perfect Sense For One WR-Needy NFL Team

DeAndre Hopkins is now a free agent, and one Super Bowl-contending NFL team needs him the most.

The worst-kept secret this offseason was Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins slated to be off the team and playing elsewhere in 2023.

On Friday, the Cardinals finally did the deed and released Hopkins as a pre-June 1 designation, meaning they'll take the entire $22.6 million cap hit.

Now, Hopkins is free to sign wherever.

Appearing recently on the "IAmAthlete" podcast, Hopkins mentioned that he'd like to play with these five quarterbacks:

  • Josh Allen (Buffalo Bills)
  • Jalen Hurts (Philadelphia Eagles)
  • Patrick Mahomes (Kansas City Chiefs)
  • Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens)
  • Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers)

There are odds for Hopkins' next team at DraftKings Sportsbook.

  • Bills: +250
  • Chiefs: +400
  • New York Jets: +550
  • Ravens: +650
  • New England Patriots: +800

Where will Hopkins, a 31-year-old wide receiver with 64 catches in nine games in 2022, play next year?

Buffalo Bills

Josh Allen #17 of the Buffalo Bills leads the team on to the field prior to the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Buffalo Bills

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The Hopkins-to-Buffalo link has been what most have expected to happen all offseason.

The Bills need a No. 2 option to go alongside Stefon Diggs. Gabe Davis was slotted there last year, and while he was OK, he'd serve much better as a No. 3 to Hopkins and Diggs.

Hopkins is friends with Von Miller. Miller has appeared multiple times on The Pat McAfee Show talking about Hopkins. Plus Pacman Jones, a regular on the show lately, has also mentioned Buffalo as the hot spot for the All-Pro receiver.

The Bills are leading in odds, and they should be. Hopkins' first answer in his list of quarterbacks was Allen and the Bills, and at this point in his career, he wants to win, as evidenced by his "liked" tweet history.

When Hopkins was on The Pat McAfee Show, he mentioned he didn't want to "take the short end of the stick." He hired an agent to "get the results that we want."

According to Over The Cap, the Bills have just $1.5 million in cap space, but that won't be an issue if it means getting Hopkins on the team.

Mark my words—Hopkins will play for the Bills in 2023.

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