Pat Leonard’s NFL Notes: Payments, Giants, Jets, Patriots, Chiefs, Raiders all presumably in play for DeAndre Hopkins

One league provide seen DeAndre Hopkins’ launch from the Arizona Cardinals on Friday and texted this to the Each day Information:

“Payments.”

However further conversations have expanded the file: different sources contemplate the Payments, Giants, Jets, Patriots, Chiefs and Raiders are teams who could very effectively be inside the mix for the three-time All-Professional giant receiver.

Hopkins, 30, has labored out with Saquon Barkley this offseason, and he not is carrying the albatross contract that made any hypothetical commerce a non-starter earlier to the draft.

Think about if Giants GM Joe Schoen landed Hopkins on prime of signing Barkley to an extension by mid-July: Not solely would the offense look further dangerous than it’s been in a decade-plus; which will formally make the Giants a trip spot, which they haven’t been in a extremely very very long time.

Hopkins did make clear not too way back that Buffalo piques his curiosity.

“I must say considered one of my favourite quarterbacks I’ve been watching since he got here within the league is Josh Allen,” Hopkins talked about on the “I Am Athlete” podcast. “He jogs my memory of a new-school Andrew Luck. I really like Josh Allen.”

He moreover talked about he’d heard about Cardinals commerce conversations with the Patriots and Payments earlier this offseason, when the workforce was making an attempt to get one factor once more for him.

Hopkins had been requested on the podcast to file the very best 5 quarterbacks he’d love throwing him the ball. Allen and the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts had been the two that had been on the tip of his tongue.

“Jalen Hurts. Man, Houston child, he’s a dawg,” talked about Hopkins, a former Texans first-round select and star who nonetheless lives in Houston.

He then talked about the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, the Ravens’ Lamar Jackson and, after pondering a bit, “my dude at San Diego,” the Chargers’ Justin Herbert.

However Hopkins later talked about that he doesn’t need “an awesome QB … only a QB who loves the sport like I do.” The Giants’ Daniel Jones, an above-average QB with a implausible work ethic who the workforce believes can take the next step, positively qualifies there.

“Nice administration, a QB who loves the sport and an awesome protection,” Hopkins talked about of his prime three desires in free firm.

“What I need is secure administration upstairs,” he talked about. “That’s one factor I haven’t really had the earlier couple years of my occupation. … I’ve been by three or 4 GMs in my occupation.

“Secure administration. A QB who loves the sport and brings all people onboard with him and pushes not simply himself however individuals round him,” Hopkins continued. “I don’t want an awesome QB. I’ve completed it with subpar QBs. Only a QB who loves the sport like I do. And an awesome protection. I believe protection wins championships. That’s the important thing.”

A first-rate returning safety plus Aaron Rodgers makes the Jets participating. Invoice Belichick working the Patriots’ safety positively doesn’t hurt. As for the Raiders? Effectively, one issue they’ve isn’t any state earnings tax, they normally’re close to Hopkins’ momentary Arizona home.

When Hopkins was requested if he appreciated the Dallas Cowboys’ colors, he laughed and talked about: “No state tax is my favourite.” That might apply to franchises in Washington, Nevada, Florida or Texas.

Granted, Hopkins has solely carried out in 19 full video video games the earlier two years. He had further receiving yards in 2020 (1,407) than he had to date two years blended (1,289).

Some sources moreover contemplate Hopkins could nonetheless be pricey as a free agent, and that might proceed to rule out some suitors who would in some other case leap on the choice to get him.

However he’s a supreme experience who will add star power and manufacturing inside the relevant perform for any workforce that lands him. It would in all probability be fascinating to see the place he ends up.

COULD BRADY UNRETIRE AGAIN?

Let’s be a part of the dots proper right here: Tom Brady has agreed with Raiders proprietor Mark Davis to develop to be a minority stakeholder/proprietor inside the workforce.

Brady, 45, virtually carried out for Las Vegas in 2020. UFC president Dana White talked about he virtually recruited Brady and Rob Gronkowski until Jon Gruden blew up the deal inside the eleventh hour. Now the workforce is coached by Brady’s longtime Patriots offensive coordinator, Josh McDaniels.

Then we be taught that starting Raiders QB Jimmy Garoppolo had foot surgical process after he signed as a free agent this offseason and sure obtained’t apply until teaching camp, on the very least. The QBs behind Jimmy G on the depth chart are Brian Hoyer and fourth-round rookie Aidan O’Connell (Purdue).

NFL owners handed a rule this week to allow teams to make a third emergency QB from its 53-player full of life/inactive file eligible to be activated all through video video games if the two full of life QBs get hurt.

Brady has unretired as quickly as already. And in April, he didn’t reply “no” when requested in Miami if there was a chance he’d come out of retirement and play for the Dolphins. Brady moreover well-known “I’m not affiliated with any crew anymore.” However now he’s affiliated — with the Raiders.

NFL pointers require a vote of all 32 teams to allow anyone to play inside the league whereas holding a financial curiosity in a membership, primarily based on ESPN. So a Brady attempt at a second comeback in Sin Metropolis may stop correct there.

However give it some thought: would the Chiefs, Broncos and Chargers mechanically vote in direction of Brady having fun with soccer on account of he’d make the Raiders a further formidable AFC West menace? Perhaps.

And however, have we seen owners unanimously approve one factor simply because it’s going to make the league extra cash? Completely.

Nobody is predicting a Brady comeback. It’s potential he doesn’t want to play for McDaniels as soon as extra anyway. However with all of those dots connecting, wouldn’t it really shock you if Brady tried it?

PATRIOTS DOCKED TWO OTAs

The NFL stripped the Patriots of two OTA practices and fined Belichick $50,000 this week for a pointers violation reported in a avid gamers’ union formal grievance. The violation was attributable to scheduling that resulted in avid gamers spending higher than their allotted time (4 hours daily) on the workforce facility, sources confirmed. Can’t have avid gamers doing an extreme quantity of in Could, now. Must rest them up for his or her 17-game schedule and flexed Thursday evening time video video games in December.

THEY SAID IT

“My factor is, the place does it cease? You don’t need to take too many items away otherwise you’re going to be taking part in flag soccer.” — Chiefs coach Andy Reid in response to the model new kickoff rule that brings all truthful catches behind the 25-yard line out to the 25

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