What one earth was Bill O’Brien thinking when he decided to trade star WR DeAndre Hopkins? One answer – money.
With Hopkins on his way to the Arizona Cardinals, Texans fans are still in disbelief over the trade. O’Brien’s criticized trade falls in line with a pattern of horrible decision making.
But it turns out the Texans’ decision didn’t just have to do with O’Brien’s strained relationship with Hopkins. For Houston, trading Hopkins had to do with the money involved.
Simply put, the Texans were not willing to increase Hopkins’ salary, despite the star receiver outperforming his current contract each and every season. Houston also plans to issue OL Jeremy Tunsil a major payday and offer a massive contract to Deshaun Watson at some point down the line.
“Money is the driving factor in all of this for the Hopkins and the Texans,” said Patrick Starr of SI.com, citing Albert Breer. “Even in the Cardinals press-release announcing they traded for Hopkins, they acknowledged that stating in their article, ‘He reportedly wants a raise and new contract – a topic that would likely had been known to the Cards prior to a deal.'”
While O’Brien’s decision remains questionable, the Texans appear to have a plan.
Elite receivers are critical in today’s NFL. Sometimes they’re not worth the high price tag, though.
But as long as O’Brien’s in charge of the Texans, criticism will remain high no matter the decision.