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Report: Only Chiefs, Bills had “substantive” trade talks for DeAndre Hopkins

Mike Florio and Chris Simms spell out what DeAndre Hopkins’ options are for the future, after making comments about the idea of playing with Lamar Jackson “one day” and outlining what he wants in his next team.

It appears that the Cardinals’ plan from the get-go was to try to trade receiver DeAndre Hopkins and, if no trade could be had, to cut him before June 1.

Efforts were indeed made to trade Hopkins, and two of the teams in which Hopkins expressed interest spoke to Arizona.

Via Albert Breer of, the Chiefs and Bills were the only teams that had “substantive” discussions with the Cardinals about a trade.

The Hopkins contract was an issue for both teams. Per Breer, the Chiefs were making progress. Once the Ravens paid Odell Beckham Jr. $15 million guaranteed on a one-year deal, the Hopkins talks imploded.

Now, both teams (along with any other) can pursue Hopkins, without having to give anything up in trade. But the OBJ contract might still be an issue -- along with, as explained earlier today, his current representation.