5 wide receivers the NY Jets can add after the Elijah Moore trade
By Justin Fried
2. The NY Jets can trade for DeAndre Hopkins
This would be the most high-profile addition the Jets could make. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is reportedly on the trade market, and the Jets should absolutely be calling to check on his availability.
The Cardinals have reportedly been seeking a second-round pick and more for Hopkins, but the latest indication is that's not going to happen. Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer suggests that a Hopkins trade could look similar to the Brandin Cooks deal from earlier in the week.
The Dallas Cowboys traded a 2023 fifth-round pick and a 2024 sixth-round pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for the disgruntled Cooks. If that's all it takes to land Hopkins, the Jets should be all over his market.
There are red flags with Hopkins. The 31-year-old wide receiver has missed 15 games over the last two seasons due to both injury and suspension. He also comes with an expensive cap hit over the next two seasons.
That cap hit, however, can be manipulated. The Jets, or any team that trades for him, could agree to a restructure to significantly lower his cap hit in 2023.
One possible scenario proposed by Spotrac would feature a full cap conversion and the addition of three void years that would lower Hopkins' 2023 cap hit from $19.45 million to just $4.8 million.
There are ways to make a Hopkins trade work for the Jets from a cap perspective — it would just require a little financial flexibility. A wide receiver duo of Hopkins and Garrett Wilson would rival some of the best duos the NFL has seen in years.