The Houston Texans trading star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday was shocking because the deal made little sense. In exchange for one of the top receivers in the NFL (Hopkins tied for third in the league with 104 catches last season), Houston received running back David Johnson and two lower-round draft picks in return.
But maybe Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien traded Hopkins for non-football reasons. That’s what NFL Network analyst and Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin says he was told by Hopkins while appearing Wednesday morning on ESPN’s Get Up.
According to Irvin, who had two phone conversations with Hopkins, O’Brien disagreed with the receiver’s lifestyle and that was apparently why the coach/GM decided to move him off the Texans’ roster. Here’s the clip:
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