Earlier in the week, NFL insider Ian Rapoport was discussing the Arizona Cardinals' array of options with the No. 8 overall pick in the upcoming Draft. More specifically, he addressed whether the team plans on selecting a wide receiver -- a concept which quarterback Kyler Murray wholly endorses -- with that pick.
During the segment, Rapoport provided a fairly casual, but equally-significant update on the contract situation regarding Arizona's newly-acquired wideout DeAndre Hopkins. Per the well-informed reporter, the Cardinals are planning to give the 27-year-old superstar around $20 million (!) annually.
We understand that Hopkins' contract wasn't the topic being tackled here, but Rapoport dropping this massive nugget in his assessment of the Cardinals' draft plans like it means nothing is pretty bizarre.
Hopkins fired off some telling comments on Friday which suggested that he's looking to become the game's wealthiest WR in terms of yearly salary. The figure that the four-time Pro Bowler is pursuing is reported to be around the $18 million mark.
Based on this report, it seems inevitable that Arizona will acquiesce to Hopkins demands. This topic is polarizing in that the former No. 27 overall pick has three years remaining on his current contract, which obtains base salaries of $12.5 million, $13.5 million, and $13.9 million.
Hopkins fully deserves a raise, and it seems like the Cardinals won't think twice about committing a future to the former Clemson stud.