Whether they keep Tom Brady remains to be seen, but the Patriots want to improve at wide receiver, and yesterday they tried to add a first-team All-Pro.
The Patriots were involved in trade talks to get Hopkins from Houston, Albert Breer of SI.com reports. The Cardinals apparently made a better offer.
Or at least the Cardinals made an offer the Texans liked better. Most of the commentary surrounding the Hopkins trade to Arizona has bashed Houston for getting just a second-round draft pick along with running back David Johnson. Considering how ineffective Johnson has been since his breakout 2016 season, and considering that he has a base salary of $10.2 million this season, it seemed unlikely the Cardinals could get much of anything for him in a trade. But apparently Texans coach and General Manager Bill O’Brien values him a lot more highly than most people do.
So O’Brien sent Hopkins to Arizona, and the Patriots are still looking for weapons — without knowing who their quarterback will be.