DeAndre Hopkins seems prepared to play the waiting game in free agency
It’s been almost a month since free agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins visited the Patriots. New England was his second and to this point final stop on his free agency tour, after first going to Nashville to meet with the Tennessee Titans.
Since that point, all has been relatively quiet with Hopkins. Outside of a post on Threads about eating Clam Chowder in Boston, the updates have pretty consistently been that there is no update.
While some may assume that’s because all the parties involved are keeping things close to the chest, it sounds more like Hopkins is truly taking his time with his decision. ESPN’s Mike Reiss was the latest to detail that in his Sunday notes column this week.
“Hopkins hasn’t been in a rush to sign,” Reiss writes. “One reason for Hopkins to wait a bit longer is to leave open the possibility of another team entering the mix, potentially increasing his market.”
That last part is the great variable in Hopkins’ free agency right now. While the Patriots and Titans are the only teams to make Hopkins – who is reportedly prioritizing a payday with his next contract – official offers, other teams could become more desperate and more inclined as circumstances change come training camp. That could happen due to a number of factors from poor performance to player injuries.
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As for the teams currently in play, Reiss noted that ” the Titans have been more aggressive to this point” when it comes to angling Hopkins post-visit. So while Hopkins is playing the waiting game, the Patriots may be doing the same thing on their end.
However, Reiss did add that “if it remains between the Titans and Patriots, one question Hopkins might have to ask himself is which team gives him a better chance to cash in on incentives and maximize his earnings. Given his proven production in Bill O’Brien’s offense from their time together with the Houston Texans, perhaps that would give New England an edge.”
So it seems like, at least for now, the waiting will continue with Hopkins. After his free agency built to a crescendo in mid-June with his week of visits, it’s now turning into a marathon.