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Breer: Patriots were involved in DeAndre Hopkins trade talks

Breer: Patriots were involved in DeAndre Hopkins trade talks

The world was stunned when DeAndre Hopkins was traded to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday afternoon. Along with a fourth-round pick, Hopkins was sent to the desert with David Johnson, a second-round pick, and a fourth-round pick coming back to the Houston Texans.

But evidently, Hopkins being moved had been discussed in NFL circles in recent weeks. And according to Bert Breer, the New England Patriots were one of the teams involved in the trade talks surrounding Hopkins.

"I was actually told that they were part of the DeAndre Hopkins discussions over the past couple of weeks," Breer said on NBC Sports Boston's Arbella Early Edition.

Hopkins has long been one of the NFL's better receivers and posted 104 catches, 1,165 receiving yards and seven touchdowns for the Texans last season. It was his third consecutive 1,000+ yard season.

So, why didn't the Patriots ultimately get Hopkins at the low price that the Texans sold him for? According to Breer, they may have known too much about the veteran receiver.

"There was a little bit of a personality conflict between O'Brien and Hopkins. And it makes you wonder, maybe the Patriots had a little bit too much information on that," Breer said. "Maybe because they knew that, they thought that there could be an issue. And the other part of it is, of course, Hopkins wants a new contract. He's going to get one in Arizona. So, are you willing to go to $20, $21, $22 million a year for a receiver? That could've been a problem."

No matter what the reason, Hopkins won't be wearing Patriots colors this season.

The Patriots should still be looking for some help at the receiver position as they try to convince Tom Brady to return to the team. Could they have an interest in a guy like Stefon Diggs, who's latest cryptic tweet indicates he isn't happy in Minnesota? Maybe. But either way, expect the Patriots to explore some receiver options in the coming days.

NFL Twitter absolutely roasted Texans for reported DeAndre Hopkins trade with Cardinals

NFL Twitter absolutely roasted Texans for reported DeAndre Hopkins trade with Cardinals

The Houston Texans absolutely shocked the football world Monday by agreeing to trade one of the NFL's best wide receivers in DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for an underwhelming return package.

Here are the parameters of the agreed upon trade.

David Johnson is a good running back and a 2020 second-round pick is nice, but how did the Texans trade one of the three-best wideouts and not get a first-round pick? The NFL is a passing league, and Hopkins teamed up with star quarterback Deshaun Watson to give Houston one of the most talented QB-WR tandems in the sport. Hopkins is up for a new contract soon and there's been reports of friction between he and Texans head coach Bill O'Brien, but there's still no defense for what Houston got in return for an elite player.

The good news for the rest of the AFC, including the New England Patriots, is that one of the conference's top contenders just lost arguably their best player without a suitable replacement on the roster.

You can probably imagine there's been no shortage of takes when it comes to this blockbuster deal. Here's some of the best Twitter reaction to the shocking Hopkins trade.

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NFL Rumors: Texans trading DeAndre Hopkins to Cardinals in stunning move

NFL Rumors: Texans trading DeAndre Hopkins to Cardinals in stunning move

We have ourselves an NFL blockbuster, and it doesn't involve Tom Brady.

The Houston Texans are trading star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday.

Here are the terms of the trade, which involves Cardinals running back David Johnson going to Houston, per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle:

NBC Sports' Peter King had floated the idea of the Texans entertaining a Hopkins trade Monday morning, noting that the New England Patriots likely would have interest if so.

But the Texans apparently moved with shocking quickness, dealing the three-time All-Pro wideout to the NFC in exchange for Johnson and a second-round pick.

The Patriots obviously will have to look elsewhere as they eye receiver upgrades, and they still have to deal with Hopkins this year, as the Cardinals are on their 2020 schedule.

Whether Houston will be a serious playoff contender without Hopkins remains to be seen. Johnson tallied just 345 rushing yards on 94 carries last season while losing Arizona's starting job to Kenyan Drake and will turn 29 in December.