Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins is not surprised that he was traded

Former Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Former Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Former Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has spoken out about the trade and he’s not surprised that it happened. What else is going on? Look.

The Houston Texans are shaping their roster for the 2020 season and it’s anybody’s guess if it will be enough to be competitive.  They do have a lot of talent lined up; and, at least on paper, there’s no reason why this team shouldn’t be able to win the division once again this season.

The Tennessee Titans will certainly be the ones to give them a run for their money after bowing out in the AFC Championship Game last season.  Their run was a bit of a surprise considering how they started the season but with all of the talent they have, then one has to reconsider that notion.

A lot of question marks remain for the Houston Texans this offseason on whether or not they can field a respectable defense that can capitalize on the mediocre performance that they had this past season.

They’ll have to do it through the draft because although there was a balance in the past, the Houston Texans are spending more money on the offense than on the defense.  In past seasons, it was vice-versa but it goes to show how much investment Bill O’Brien wants to make to ensure this offense is one to rival with.

Over The Cap indicates that the Houston Texans have earmarked $108.4 million out of the $192.4 million for salaries so far this season, leaving about $89.3 spent on the defense.  I wouldn’t expect that number to increase that much because the draft is going to help beef that unit up on the cheap.

They’ll have to keep things going without DeAndre Hopkins as he’s been traded and it will be up to Brandin Cooks, Will Fuller, Randall Cobb and Kenny Stills to hold up the offense.  This is a massive change of the characters on their offense and it remains to be seen if it will work.

And speaking of Hopkins, he commented publicly about the trade that sent him as well as a 4th-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson and a second-round pick.  As lopsided as that trade looks, Hop wasn’t surprised that it went down and he expected it to happen after the 2019 season.

Here’s what he told the media in a conference call that took place earlier today:

"“It wasn’t a big surprise to me after the year,” Hopkins told reporters during a Friday conference call, per ESPN. “I was preparing for it.”"

This is amid alleged comments that O’Brien made in a meeting with Hopkins this offseason that soured quickly when he compared him to the beleaguered yet late Aaron Hernandez and the fact that he has children from different mothers.  O’Brien allegedly expressed his displeasure with that and didn’t like the influence that he was making in the locker room.

Although O’Brien continues to reiterate that it was a contractual issue — Hop wanted a raise —

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the fact that he didn’t comment on the matter in yesterday’s presser goes to show that there could be some truth to what he said.

O’Brien could’ve squashed it right there if it wasn’t but decided not to comment on it which is actually troubling to digest personally.

But since the deal was approved as of yesterday — Johnson passed his physical while Hop passed his own the day before — we have no choice but to move forward with life without what looks like to be a sure-fire Hall of Famer.  I can only imagine that the things he’s going to be able to do with an elite offensive wizard in Kliff Kingsbury and budding talent in Kyler Murray.

This story is evidence that the relationship between Hop and O’Brien was a boiling pot about to reach a breaking point with this trade proving that things had seeped over the top.

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Let’s hope this multitude of weapons that have been assembled actually make inroads in helping not only Deshaun but the entire team be successful this season.

Until then, we must wait…