Mike Giardi: DeAndre Hopkins deal will only look worse for Patriots
At long last, the DeAndre Hopkins watch has finally come to an end, and unfortunately it didn’t go the Patriots way. The Pats were in the running to land the touted wide receiver with the hopes of revamping a lackluster offense that finished 26th in the NFL last year.
Hopkins ultimately signed a two-year, $26 million deal with the Titans, including an additional $3 million in incentives for each year. He was released by Arizona during the offseason after catching 64 passes and nine touchdowns.
On Monday’s edition of Zolak and Bertrand, NFL Insider Mike Giardi joined the show to break down the logistics of DeAndre Hopkins’ newly minted contract with the Tennessee Titans.
Here’s how Giardi broke it down…
Beetle: Mike, I think the deal for Hopkins was reasonable. It seems like you would agree with that. I made a prediction a couple of minutes ago that once the deal is filed and we get more details and hear more about the guarantees or the structure over the two years and a year or two is basically a year you can get out of. I think once we know those details, the Patriots are going to look worse than they do right now for not signing this deal. Agree or disagree?
Giardi: That’s the same sense that I’m getting about that second year. You know, the bottom line for him was, okay, now because of when he was released, you’re not going to get the OBJ contract, but you wanted to get as close to it as possible. And that will be about 15 million guaranteed. This looks like 12. And then incentives. So, you know, he got as close as he could, you know, from talking to all the teams around the league. And I think that second year is going to be a dummy year, and I think the cap is going to jump too.