The DeAndre Hopkins era is over for the Arizona Cardinals, who are on the hook for quite an expensive breakup. The Cardinals released the three-time All-Pro wide receiver in a salary cap move Friday after they failed to find a trading partner in the offseason.
Arizona made the move three seasons after acquiring Hopkins in a blockbuster trade with Houston and eventually signing him to a $54.5m contract extension through 2024.
The soon-to-be 31-year-old Hopkins would have counted close to $31m against the cap this season. His cap hit in dead money is $22.6m.
The good news for the Cardinals is he’ll be off the books for 2024, when the team figures to be more competitive. Hopkins – still one of the NFL’s elite receivers when healthy – is free to sign with any team.Read more on theguardian.com
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