Fans are none too pleased with Houston Texans trade rumors. The Houston Texans surprised a lot of people when they shipped off All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson a second round in 2020 and a fourth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
In his first comment since the trade, Texans general manager and head coach Bill O’Brien cited Hopkins’ desire for “a raise” as one of the reasons for his trade to the Arizona Cardinals.
“I would say the deal with Arizona was a deal that we felt was in the best interest of our team,” O’Brien said Friday on a conference call for Texans season-ticket holders. “DeAndre Hopkins was a great football player here. He made so many plays for us. We love DeAndre Hopkins. But he had three years left on his deal and he wanted a raise. And we weren’t going to be able to go in that direction. We felt like we had a great offer from Arizona that involved picks. That involved an excellent three-down running back who is hungry and humble and just can’t wait to get started. David Johnson is going to be a great addition to our football team.
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“There’s a lot of things that go into trades. Lot of thoughts that go in. How much are you going to take on contractually? How much does it take to buy that second-round pick, that No. 40 pick? What type of player are you bringing in? What type of player are you losing and what is in the best interest of the team?”
Texans CEO Cal McNair and executive vice president of football operations Jack Easterby both praised the moves made by O’Brien.
“Our team’s getting better through free agency,” McNair said. “You can’t look at any one move, but you’ve got to put them all together and you really need to look at things over the last 18 months or so to see how the team has changed and how we’ll continue to change.” What move will the Houston Texans trade before the 2020 draft?
“It’s important that the focus is the team. And I would think, as a fan, I would be really excited that your leadership of the team can make bold moves and go out and do these things to make the team better.”