There have been rumors suggesting the NY Jets could have interest in trading for Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins this offseason. However, the feeling might not be mutual.
Hopkins made an appearance on the All Things Covered Pod and was asked to share a reaction to a number of different trade destinations. He wasn't allowed to use words, but his facial expressions told us everything we needed to know.
Hopkins scoffed at the idea of potentially being traded to the Jets and New England Patriots but appeared very receptive to the possibility of being sent to play for the Buffalo Bills or Kansas City Chiefs.
It seemed very clear that Hopkins was not in favor of being traded to the Jets. Perhaps the Jets have interest, but Hopkins evidently doesn't.
Don't expect the NY Jets to trade for DeAndre Hopkins
Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer speculated last week that the Jets could "make a run" at trading for Hopkins, although NFL Network's Ian Rapoport seemed less sure of that idea.
Rapoport insisted on Wednesday that the Jets are unlikely to seriously consider trading for Hopkins. There may be interest, even if it's slight, but it likely isn't going to matter. Hopkins doesn't want the Jets.
This is the unfortunate reality for an organization that now has the longest active playoff drought in American professional sports. It's difficult for perpetually losing organizations to recruit star players.
Fans might be optimistic about the upcoming season, and likely adding Aaron Rodgers helps, but the only way to truly change the narrative is by winning games. Talk is cheap — winning matters.
The good news is that losing organizations can change narratives quickly. A few years ago, the Bills were in the same spot as the Jets. Now, they're one of the most attractive destinations for players.
Just ask DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins later tweeted that he isn't looking for a raise. It seems as though his primary motivators are team fit and the ability to win. He seemingly doesn't see the Jets as a team that can provide him with what he's looking for.
The Jets seem unlikely to make another major splash at the wide receiver position, even if a Hopkins trade could be worth the risk.
Either way, if Hopkins doesn't want a trade to the Jets, it's not going to happen. This all but ends the relatively short-lived pipe dream.