In a day that many thought would solely be filled with franchise tag news, a blockbuster trade has turned everything upside down.
According to reports, the Houston Texans traded star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkns and a fourth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second round-pick, and 2021 fourth round selection.
The trade of Hopkins comes as an absolute shock, as he was an offensive juggernaut throughout his career in Houston. Not to mention, he already grew a rapport with quarterback Deshaun Watson. Just last season, Hopkins recorded 104 receptions for 1,165 yards, and seven touchdowns. Let's also not forget he had three years and $40 million left on his current deal, which is a steal.
Now, Hopkins will bring those numbers to the desert as Kyler Murray's primary target, with Christian Kirk and Larry Fitzgerald following him on the depth chart.
As for Johnson, the writing has been on the wall for him since the midway point of last season. After returning from a back injury, Johnson didn't appear to be his old, explosive self. Then, he began taking a back seat to Chase Edmonds and eventual trade deadline acquisition Kenyan Drake, whom head coach Kliff Kingsbury grew a liking to.
On Monday, Johnson's status with the team was even murkier after the team placed the transition tag on Drake. Now, he joins a Texans squad that already has Duke Johnson, who the team acquired from the Cleveland Browns last year.
In 13 games last season, Johnson rushed for 345 yards and two touchdowns on 94 carries while hauling in 36 passes for 370 yards and four scores.
On the surface, this looks like a very puzzling trade for the Texans given Hopkins' production since being drafted. With head coach Bill O'Brien operating as GM too, we need more answers here.