It appears that the Arizona Cardinals would like to receive a trade compensation that exceeds what teams have been willing to put on the table in their attempts at trading for stud wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins.
Jeremy Fowler from ESPN reported that the Baltimore Ravens tested the waters of a possible trade for DeAndre Hopkinsonly to quickly find out that the compensation expected by Arizona is way higher than what they would like to give up to get the soon to be 31 year old offensive weapon.
Hopkins also has a high salary and an even higher salary cap hit, with Spotrac reporting his base salary being $19.45 million dollars, while his cap hit is set at a whooping $30.75 million for 2023.
Cardinals reportedly expect a high compensation, comparable to Christian McCaffrey’s trade from the Panthers
Jeremy Fowler also explained that the Cardinals would like to receive multiple draft picks, expecting a deal like Christian McCaffrey’s when he was traded from the Carolina Panthers to the San Francisco 49ers, ahead of last season’s trade deadline, with Carolina receiving a second, a third and a fourth round picks from the 2023 NFL Draft, while also adding a fourth-round pick in 2024.
“They will probably have to come off that to deal Hopkins, who has got $19 million in salary due to him. So, you still have teams like the Bills and the Chiefs and big-ticket teams that are at least looking, window shopping at potential options at receiver,” Fowler expressed on Sportscenter.
This offseason, a trade for Brandin Cooks saw the Texans sent him to the Cowboys in exchange for just a fifth-round pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, plus a sixth-round draft pick in 2024.