Where the Patriots fell short trying to sign DeAndre Hopkins
Although he met with the Tennessee Titans during his free agency process, many were still surprised when DeAndre Hopkins chose to sign with the team that is projected by some to be the worst in the AFC. The reason he ended up going to Nashville shouldn’t come as a surprise though.
Throughout Hopkins’ free agency, multiple reports alluded to the fact that the 31-year-old wideout was looking for the biggest contract possible – regardless of outside factors. In the end, the Titans’ two-year, $26 million offer ended up being the one that got it done.
“Titans have had the better offer on the table,” Jeff Howe of The Athletic tweeted Sunday afternoon. “That’s what it came down to.” SI’s Albert Breer added “no need to overcomplicate it—DeAndre Hopkins went to the team that made him the best offer.”
Not only was the Titans’ offer the best one, but it may have been by a wide margin. The Patriots were the only other team to show enough interest in Hopkins as a free agent to the point of meeting with him, and they reportedly didn’t get close on the financials.
“Patriots stayed in consistent contact with DeAndre Hopkins’ camp through free agency process, but their base financial package wasn’t in the same ballpark as what Titans offered,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on Twitter on Sunday. “The good vibes between N.E. and Hopkins from his team visit never translated to a workable deal.”
The Patriots came up short despite having significantly more projected financial flexibility than the Titans. According to OverTheCap.com, the Patriots have $17.7 million in cap space available right now, while the Titans had $8.3 million before factoring in Hopkins.
With the uncertainly about Hopkins now settled, the Patriots turn their attention to training camp with one of the biggest questions being how they’ll maximize the pass-catchers already on their roster. JuJu Smith-Schuster joins DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne, and Tyquan Thornton as returning veteran contributors at wide receiver, with Mike Gesicki joining Hunter Henry at the wide receiver position.
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