If you’re ever in need of entertainment, look no further than Bill O’Brien. On Monday, the Houston Texans “general manager” traded star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson. Houston gave up a fourth-round pick, while Arizona gave up a second-round pick. It’s one thing to trade arguably the best wide receiver in football. It’s another to do so and not get a first-round pick back for it.
Johnson is on his last leg and has battled injuries. The Texans are also taking on Johnson’s full $10.2 million base salary. Hopkins has a manageable contract and was looking for a new deal. O’Brien didn’t want to give him a new deal—why would you want to pay one of the best players in football that’s 27-years-old—so he shipped Hopkins off. Now, the San Francisco 49ers have a new weapon to worry about. The Cardinals gave San Francisco fits last season. It’ll only get more difficult with the addition of Hopkins and Kyler Murray having another season under his belt.
The NFC West just got a little tougher. Thanks for nothing, Bill. Will this force John Lynch to make a move at cornerback this offseason?