WR Notes: Hopkins, Diggs, Agholor, Ravens

Before the Texans dealt DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, the Patriots pursued the All-Pro wideout. So did the Eagles, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com said during an interview with Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic (Twitter link). The Eagles passed on going deep into talks, however, which makes sense given their commitments to Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson. Hopkins also wants a new deal in the $20MM-per-year range, in which Amari Cooper (zero All-Pro honors). The Eagles’ view of the much-hyped 2020 wide receiver class affected a potential Hopkins pursuit, Tim McManus of ESPN.com adds.

This impacted the Texans’ trade, with Albert Breer of SI.com adding that Hopkins wanted a raise instead of an extension. He is under contract through 2022 — on a $16.2MM-per-year deal that has dropped from first to eighth among wide receivers. Hopkins had also become a bit of a locker room issue in Houston, per Breer, who adds that the Texans may have been reluctant to reward the 27-year-old star because of the message it would have sent. This process came as a bit of a surprise to the Cardinals, whom Breer notes did not engage in Hopkins discussions with the Texans at the Combine.

Here is the latest from the wideout front, moving first to last week’s other big trade:

  • Months before the Bills pulled the trigger on a Stefon Diggs trade, they were interested in doing so before last year’s deadline. The Bills called the Vikings on several occasions about Diggs’ availability last year, Breer reports, but Minnesota insisted on keeping him. The Bills reached out about an hour after an ominous Diggs tweet that emerged shortly after the Hopkins trade, Breer adds. Last year, the Vikings wanted either two first-rounders or first- and second-round picks for Diggs, but Breer notes they loosened their asking price when the Bills called last week. Although the Vikings mentioned the 2013 Percy Harvin trade — in which the Seahawks dealt first-, third- and seventh-rounders for the then-standout wideout — as a starting point, they ended up accepting a first-rounder and no Day 2 picks for Diggs.
  • The Raiders are likely to use Nelson Agholor as their punt returner, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic (subscription required). While Agholor has only returned three punts in five NFL seasons, he was an accomplished return man at USC. He totaled four punt-return touchdowns between his sophomore and junior years with the Trojans. The Raiders traded for Trevor Davis to return punts last year but waived him later in 2019.
  • Chris Moore‘s Ravens contract expired last week, but the team remains interested in keeping him. The Ravens have engaged in talks about re-signing the free agent wide receiver, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic tweets. Although Moore is not a big factor in Baltimore’s passing game, he is valued as a special-teamer. A new deal would likely cost close to the league minimum.
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  1. DarkSide830

    i fail to believe anyone but the Cardinals were actually in talks with the Texans. there is no way anyone would have declined to top the offer the Cardinals made.

    • Jcool90

      Heck no JOHNSON is done bro. Hasn’t had good season in few yrs plus they hot Drake now lol.

    • yoyo137

      Every other team was probably so mad when it went down. Like they didn’t even call around to look for a better offer? Lol

  2. rtr1redrockets

    good luck with agohlor returning punts!! maybe he can actually catch those!!

  3. springtx1983

    Texans should trade Watson to MIA for their 1st round picks, we all know he will ask for a trade:

    HOU gets:
    1st round 5th pick
    1st round 18th pick
    or and possibly
    1st round 26th pick

    MIA gets:
    Deshaun Watson
    2nd round 8th pick
    and or
    2nd round 24th pick

    • Daniel

      Mixing in a 2nd first round pick? Makes it a definite no deal, regardless of the 2nd round order.

      • springtx1983

        i only put the 2nd round picks in because you have to calculate the stupidity of O’Brien

  4. badco44

    QBs have flooded the market…. don’t see the Fish paying that kinda price

  5. victorg

    even if he was an issue in the locker room they could have got more then that for him.
    if you look at the timeline many thought the cards were gonna throw in a good pick just to get the texans to take johnson off their books.

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