DeAndre Hopkins visited the New England Patriots and showed great respect for their management, but signing him comes with a big threat, per Jeremy Fowler from ESPN.
New England entertained the idea of signing an experienced veteran like Hopkins. He will immediately become a No.1 wide receiver for the team.
“I was told there was mutual interest expressed during Hopkins’ visit to New England a few weeks ago, and Kansas City is not to be ignored here — if they can get the Chris Jones extension done, that would free up significant cap space — at which time, pursuing Hopkins would be possible,” Fowler said on “SportsCenter” on Friday, June 30. “Maybe there’s a chance if he waits for a contender, that opportunity could open.”
Patriots can afford Hopkins at this point. They have about $14.95 million to work with.
Patriots could still get Hopkins despite the Kansas City threat
The talented wide receiver likes the Patriots management and everything they could offer. New England does not have a star quarterback, but Hopkins can work with a third-year quarterback like Mac Jones. Hopkins was linked with several teams, including the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. He also visited the Tennessee Titans.
Dan Graziano from ESPN reported that Hopkins considers joining the Patriots or Titans.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a decision and a new team by the time training camp starts,” Graziano noted.
The Patriots have shown serious interest in Hopkins and Dalvin Cook. Both free agents could turn into a lethal duo for the Patriots and their experience could push the game to a higher level.
Fun fact? Cook wants to play with Hopkins. If the wide receiver comes to New England, he will probably take the running back with him. Cook is a talented player, but Minnesota had to get rid of him in order to free cap space. The Patriots could use a veteran with four straight 1,000-yard seasons. They have Rhamondre Stevenson, but getting another strong player wouldn’t be such a bad idea after all