NY Jets trade third and fifth-round picks for DeAndre Hopkins
The Cardinals originally acquired Hopkins along with a fourth-round pick in exchange for a second-round pick, a fourth-round pick, and running back David Johnson in a deal that was highly criticized at the time.
While Houston likely could have gotten more for Hopkins back in 2020, his trade value isn't nearly the same in 2023. Hopkins missed seven games in 2021 due to injury and six games in 2022 due to a suspension.
He's still been excellent when on the field, but Hopkins' lack of availability combined with his age and contract situation significantly affects his trade value. The Cardinals likely aren't going to get a first-round pick for their star wideout.
This first trade package is likely the most Jets-friendly of the three. The Jets send their 2022 third and fifth-round picks to the Cardinals in exchange for Hopkins. That package is essentially the equivalent of a high third-round pick.
Hopkins still has two years and $54 million remaining on his current deal with over $33 million in guarantees. He's reportedly looking for a new contract too which only further decreases his trade value.
The Jets have enough financial flexibility to make this work, even alongside a quarterback, but they would have to make some cuts. We're talking about players like Carl Lawson, Corey Davis, etc.
Is it worth it? That's a question both teams have to ask themselves. If Hopkins' market isn't quite as active as the Cardinals hoped, this package could get the job done.
Every team knows the Cardinals want to move on from Hopkins which also decreases his value. A combination of a third and fifth-round pick in this year's draft might actually do the trick.