Arguably the best Houston Texan of all time and arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL, there is no reason for DeAndre Hopkins to be traded way from the Texans.
But he was.
With an incredible core of three elite-level players in Hopkins, quarterback Deshaun Watson, and defensive end JJ Watt, they were set up for success. That is, until head coach and de facto general manager Bill O'Brien dumped Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for a no-longer-top running back in David Johnson.
Arguably the top quarterback-wide receiver tandem in the game has been disbanded. At this point, it might be time for Watson to find a way to jump ship.
The Texans have done nothing but make bad moves in the past few years, and things finally started to look up. They won their first playoff game since 2016 this past season, and the Watson-Hopkins matchup was only looking better. It was looking so much better that dumping Hopkins for a washed up running back who hasn't been good since 2016 would be offensive to Watson.
So now, understandably so, Houston fans and players aren't happy.
Watson is only 24 years old and had his second straight Pro Bowl season last year, including a stellar performance in the AFC Wild Card Game. He's an amazing talent, and a disrespectful move like trading Hopkins for pennies should be taken personally. It's time for Hopkins to ditch the sinking ship in Houston and find a team that will put him in the right position to succeed.