But the Texans relinquished Hopkins on March 21, started the season 0-4 and fired Bill O’Brien as general manager and coach on Monday.
Texans owner Cal McNair on Wednesday addressed the dismissal O’Brien and the Hopkins trade to Arizona.
Hopkins had three years and $ 40 million on his contract, but none of the money was guaranteed. He had surpassed the extension he signed before the 2017 season.
O’Brien previously said Hopkins’ desire for more money led to his departure.
Hopkins ended up signing a two-year extension with the Cardinals in September worth $ 54.5 million with $ 42.75 million guaranteed.
“We would have loved to have Hopkins on our squad, but when you have a franchise left tackle we did his contract again, which by the way he is currently playing in the top five,” McNair said on Sports Radio 610 on Wednesday. . “The franchise’s left tackle is a huge piece of the puzzle. We have a franchise quarterback, which is what we’ve been looking for for years and what every team is looking for and striving for. And we have them. And we firmly believe that Deshaun is our man. So we got these two major contracts. Looking across the league, we’re paying more than anyone else, and it’s not really that close to our roster.
“So when Hopkins wanted to redo his contract, it’s just was not something we could do. We exchanged it. We moved it. We transferred him to a team that had a salary cap to extend. We transferred him to a team whose owners I know. It is a large property. We transferred him to a team that has an exciting and fun offense. I think we did a good job putting him in a good position. He’s a talented, talented guy. We would love to have it, but it wasn’t going to fit financially with all of the constraints we have of operating under the salary cap. It just wasn’t possible at the time.
Hopkins responded on Twitter before later deleting it.
“Since I’m [sic] my own agent I guess I can speak from my clients. Kyle [sic] you never responded to my client when he thanked you after he left. My client never asked for a new offer, he asked for a bandage offer, which means a small increase. My client is very happy in AZ by the way! “
The Chiefs have kind of found a way to pay off their main players, including the wide receiver Tyreek Hill.
But if the Texans had decided they couldn’t afford to re-sign Hopkins, then they should have gotten more for him. They only acquired the ball carrier David johnson, a second-round pick in 2020 (defensive lineman Ross Blacklock) and a fourth-round pick in 2021 in exchange for the receiver and a fourth round.
Bills acquired Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round pick by the Vikings in exchange for a 2020 first-round pick, 2020 fifth-round pick, 2020 sixth-round pick and 2020 fourth-round pick and 2021.
Diggs has never made the Pro Bowl let alone won All-Pro honors each of the past three seasons like Hopkins has.
The Texans have no GM, no head coach, no Hopkins and no hopes for 2020. The 1992 Chargers are the only team that bounced back from a 0-4 start to advance to the playoffs. playoffs.