The Arizona Cardinals have released star WR DeAndre Hopkins, as per Ian Rapport.
With the Cardinals looking to overhaul their roster in an attempt to rebuild after a 4-13 season, keeping Hopkins wasn’t an ideal scenario for either side.
The 31 year-old Hopkins had a $30.75 million cap hit, second highest for NFL receivers. With his release, the Cardinals will eat $21.07 million in dead money but will save $8.9 million in cap space for 2023, as per Over The Cap.
Initially Hopkins had a no-trade clause, but his six-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy voided the clause and gave Arizona the option to deal him anywhere of their choosing.
Hopkins spent the first seven years of his career with the Houston Texans after drafting him in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
In 2020, Hopkins was traded to the Cardinals for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
In 35 games for the Cardinals, Hopkins caught 221 passes for 2,696 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Hopkins has five All-Pro nods with five Pro Bowl appearances on his resume.
Former Cardinals WR DeAndre Hopkins. Photo courtsey of Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports