Patriots Named Landing Spot For 5-Time Pro Bowl WR

The New England Patriots are coming off of a bad season and head coach Bill Belichick will have plenty of time to reshape his roster this offseason. Mac Jones had a bad season with the Patriots and they have to give him the weapons he needs to unleash his full potential. According to several sources, the Patriots have a chance to sign Pro Bowl WR DeAndre Hopkins.

Jeremy Fowler from ESPN reported that the Arizona Cardinals may soon sent their talented wide receiver to the Patriots. He has a few good reasons to say this. Belichick likes Hopkins’ game and has always praised his potential.

“At age 30 with a $19.4 million base salary, Hopkins might not merit a first-round pick in return (like he probably did in 2020 when Houston shipped him to Arizona for a second-round pick and David Johnson),” Fowler wrote in a January 24 story about an unnamed NFC executive’s thoughts on various potential offseason deals around the NFL. “The Cardinals would be wise to eat some of the money to facilitate a deal.”

Patriots can take the Pro Bowl WR and win more games in 2023

There’s a catch though. The NFL suspended Hopkins for six games for violating its substance policy. The star WR missed the first six games of the season and finished his year with 3 touchdowns on 717 receiving yards and 64 catches. He reached the second lowest of his NFL career.

Belichick doesn’t mind this, because he needs a strong wide receiver in 2023. Hopkins has attracted the attention of many teams in the NFL. New England could be his best option.

Adam Schefter from ESPN reported that the Patriots are all-in when it comes to reshaping their roster and their coaching staff. Bill O’Brien will probably take Josh McDanie’s position next season, per Schefter. O’Brien coached Hopkins in Houston and this could make things much easier for both sides. They don’t have to like one another. They work well on the field and that’s the only thing that matters at this point.

“They might not be friendly,” an NFC exec said. “But they had success together with subpar quarterback play, so maybe it can work.”