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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 20: DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals warms up prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at State Farm Stadium on October 20, 2022 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

#HopkinsWatch continues. Next stop, New England.

On Sunday night, free agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had his visit with the Tennessee Titans. The trip to Nashville was the first of his free agency period, after getting released by the Arizona Cardinals on May 26.

  • On Monday night, multiple reports indicated that Hopkins left Tennessee unsigned, continuing his free agency. “DeAndre Hopkins left the Titans facility late this afternoon after spending hours with the players and staff,” ESPN’s Dianna Russini tweeted. “The meeting apparently went well but no deal was struck today, per sources. Hopkins is expected to take more visits with teams, that could of course always change.”

    “Nuk [Hopkins’ nickname] is expected to visit the Patriots and there’s a chance he may schedule more visits as well.” Jordan Schultz of The Score added. On Monday morning, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick confirmed that the team has spoken with Hopkins, but didn’t give any date or details about the visit.

    UPDATE: Multiple reports have since indicated Hopkins will visit with the Patriots on Thursday. 

  • On the surface, this is all good news for the Patriots. Hopkins remains available despite having met with another team, and they reportedly have the next shot at hosting him. If they are really motivated to sign him, they have the financial flexibility to offer him enough money to convince him to sign on the spot and forgo further visits.

    It also feels like there’s a certain spin coming from Hopkins’ representatives in this report. They seem to be letting the Titans know that despite things well Hopkins will keep looking and maybe even expand his search, perhaps hoping the Titans will up their offer to get him back in the building.

    Either way, the Patriots – pending new information – seem to be up next for Hopkins. Will they be the final stop on his free agency tour as well? That should be the goal.

  • Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at

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