The Texans-Cardinals DeAndre Hopkins Trade Still Isn't Finalized and Houston Fans Still Have Hope

Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins
Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins / Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Houston Texans made one of the worst trades in modern memory this offseason when they sent away superstar wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for a package headlined by David Johnson -- an aging, underperforming running back on a back contract -- and a second-round pick.

Texans fans preparing to burn head coach/GM Bill O'Brien in effigy might need to put the torches and pitchforks down for just a second. The trade is not "official" just yet, as neither Hopkins nor Johnson has taken or passed a physical.

So you're saying there's a chance?

Given Johnson's past injury issues, this is no lock, especially when considering he's missed 18 total games over the last three seasons.

Houston fans are still holding out hope that something could come up that nullifies the trade after they watched arguably the best receiver in the NFL leave for basically nothing.

The coronavirus pandemic has made conducted physicals extremely difficult of late. While the trade becoming official is just a matter of time, Houston fans can take solace in the fact Hopkins is still technically a Texan.

Hopkins was one of the most beloved players on the team before his trade, and O'Brien eschewing him for a paltry return was nothing short of a disgrace. There's a minimal chance of this happening, but Texans fans should be holding onto every shred of possibility at this point.