In a move that stunned the whole league, the Houston Texans got David Johnson in a trade from the Arizona Cardinals. Who they traded Johnson for was the shocking part. DeAndre Hopkins.
The Texans will receive a second-round pick from the Cardinals while Arizona receive a late round pick in the trade.
Johnson still has two more years on his contract that will have a cap hit of about $18 million. Hopkins has three more years on his contract.
Johnson got off to a fast start in his career when he ran for 1,239 yards and 16 touchdowns in his second season. A MCL and wrist injuries began the downward spiral of his performance on the field.
Hopkins has be widely considered one of the best receivers in the NFL. He has recorded over 1,000 yards five of the seven years Hopkins has been in the league. Hopkins has appeared in four Pro Bowls and was named to three First-Team All Pro teams.
Why was Johnson and Hopkins traded?
David Johnson being traded wasn’t a total surprise. His injury history and decrease in productivity made him a liability for the Cardinals. The strong play of Kenyan Drake put Johnson on the backseat. He still possesses great ability to catch and run the ball, but his durability makes him a risk.
Hopkins is the head scratcher for Texan fans and football fans. Head coach Bill O’Brien has been making a lot of moves ever since he took over as general manager. O’Brien traded Jadeveon Clowney to the Seahawks last season. He also traded for Kenny Stills and Laremy Tunsil from the Miami Dolphins.
Hopkins is one of the best players in the league and has been a dominate red zone target. It’s a troubling sign for Houston to trade away the franchise’s best player. He’s way too important to the team to let him walk. They have an unstable receiving core with Will Fuller having injury issues.
Houston has now raised more questions than answers for a team looking to make a Super Bowl run. They will need to hope David Johnson can step up. As for Arizona, they put themselves in the driver seat to pull off an upset for a playoff spot. Their high powered offense made them a more appealing team to watch.