NY Jets unlikely to trade for DeAndre Hopkins this offseason
By Justin Fried
The NY Jets have completely reshaped their wide receiver room this offseason, and if their unsuccessful pursuit of Odell Beckham Jr. is any indication, their work might not be done.
There's still every chance that the Jets make another addition to their wide receiver room this offseason, and if they do, there is no more high-profile and feasible addition than DeAndre Hopkins.
Hopkins is a popular trade candidate this offseason, and given the Jets' clear pursuit of another wide receiver, they've been one of the teams connected to trade rumors. Despite those rumors, don't count on the Jets making a serious attempt to trade for Hopkins.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport went on The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday and discussed Hopkins' potential ties to the Jets. Rapoport didn't seem to believe that the Jets would have much interest in a trade.
He implied that the Jets saw Beckham as more of a "cherry on top" instead of a player who would address a need. Rapoport doesn't believe the Jets will pivot to another receiver after missing out on Beckham.
Don't expect the NY Jets to trade for DeAndre Hopkins
The Jets already signed two wide receivers this offseason in Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman. They did release Braxton Berrios, but Corey Davis remains on the roster, and Rapoport suggested that the Jets could add another wide receiver in the draft.
The Jets seem to view their wide receiver room differently than many others do. They see the position group as a pretty solidified group — Beckham would have been a luxury.
Hopkins remains one of the best wide receivers in football when healthy, although he's missed considerable time in each of the last two seasons due to injury and suspension. He'll also likely command an expensive new contract on top of what he's already owed on his current deal.
It's not a surprise to hear that the Jets aren't super interested in trading for Hopkins. That said, you can certainly make the argument that they should be.
He's a five-time Pro Bowler, three-time first-team All-Pro, and was on pace for around 120 catches for 1,350 yards last season. Pairing him with Garrett Wilson would give the Jets arguably the best wide receiver room in football.
The Jets might be "all in" with regard to other areas this offseason, but that doesn't seem to apply to a potential Hopkins trade. Don't expect the Jets to seriously consider trading for Hopkins — even though they probably should.