4 wide receivers the NY Jets can trade for before the 2023 NFL Draft
By Justin Fried
1. The NY Jets could trade for DeAndre Hopkins
Perhaps no wide receiver has been the subject of trade talks this offseason more than DeAndre Hopkins. The Arizona Cardinals have reportedly given Hopkins permission to speak to other teams about a trade, but nothing has materialized yet.
At 30 years old, Hopkins has missed some time in recent years. He's played just 19 games over the last two seasons due to injury and suspension, but when on the field, there's no questioning his talent.
Hopkins finished with 64 catches for 717 yards in just nine games this past season, putting him on pace for 122 catches and 1,365 yards in a full 17-game season. He's still a bonafide top-10 wide receiver in football.
Part of the issue with trading for Hopkins is that the acquiring team would be forced to pay him the $19.45 million owed to him, and the Cardinals would have to eat $22.6 million in dead cap. Trading him is a financial nightmare.
The Cardinals have reportedly been seeking at least a second-round pick in exchange for Hopkins, but due to his recent missed time and contract situation, teams have been hesitant.
Arizona is determined to trade Hopkins, though, so it's certainly possible they lower their asking price and that he's moved closer to the draft. A wide receiver duo of Garrett Wilson and Hopkins would be a strong contender for the best tandem in football.
Throw in Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman and the Jets might just have the best wide receiver room in the NFL. If they can make the finances work, trading for Hopkins would be the superstar offensive addition to complete the team's all-in approach.