DeAndre Hopkins may be 31, but the former Pro Bowler has no plans to call it a career anytime soon, hinting Thursday that he’s got at least another half-decade of football in the tank. And there’s at least a trio of teams vying for his services. The Patriots and Titans — the two perceived front-runners in this sweepstakes — have had communication with Hopkins this week although no signing is imminent, according to NFL Media. Despite buzz about the wide receiver potentially landing with New England and Tennessee, the Chiefs remain another possibility, according to ESPN, as they remain in talks with the free agent.
“The Chiefs have kept in contact,” Jeremy Fowler reported recently, “and they have, certainly, some interest.”
The issue for K.C. is money, as has been the case since Hopkins initially became available via trade early this offseason. The team has just over $400,000 in current salary cap space — the least in the NFL — and Hopkins is reportedly seeking a deal in the range of the $15 million one-year pact that Odell Beckham Jr. landed with the Ravens. The Chiefs could free up money to pursue Hopkins “more aggressively” by extending star defensive tackle Chris Jones, per Fowler, but that might not happen until late in the summer.
In the meantime, Hopkins has previously visited with the Patriots and Titans earlier this offseason and appear to have the inside track at landing him, though Houston reportedly also hosted the former All-Pro on an unofficial visit after his release from Arizona.