DeAndre Hopkins has reportedly made his decision for 2023
Free-agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has finally made a decision in regards to his next landing spot.
And sadly for New England, the Patriots will apparently find themselves among the ‘runner up’ field, with Hopkins set to join the Titans for the 2023 season, according to a report from Doug Kyed.
Free-agent WR DeAndre Hopkins is expected to sign with the Titans, per source. Deal is expected to become official over the next few days.— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) July 16, 2023
The 31-year-old’s decision to join the Titans comes after a prolonged free-agent period that included a visit to Foxborough last month, and after a week of rumblings that led to multiple betting markets pegging the Titans as the favorites for Hopkins.
One of the game’s top receiving threats throughout his career, Hopkins is coming off a 2022 campaign that included 64 catches on 96 targets for 717 yards and three touchdowns in nine games with the Cardinals. A veteran of 145 games between Houston and Arizona, Hopkins has totaled 853 catches for 11,298 yards and 71 scores in his 10-year NFL career.
A five-time Pro Bowler, the 6-foot-1 Hopkins has hit the 1,000-yard mark in six of his 10 NFL seasons, and has hit the double-digit mark in touchdowns on three separate occasions.
A Hopkins-to-the-Patriots move also would’ve seen Hopkins reunite with ex-Texans head coach and current Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O’Brien, which was never reported as a potential roadblock in the negotiations.
With Hopkins off to Tennessee, it appears that the Patriots will lean on a wide receiver group that is headlined by DeVante Parker, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Tyquan Thornton, and Kendrick Bourne.