On Monday, Houston Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien agreed to one of the most questionable trades in NFL history. He traded one of the best receivers in the league in DeAndre Hopkins for essentially a bag of chips. Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin went on ESPN’s Get Up on Wednesday and gave some insight on what might have happened between Hopkins and O’Brien. What he said was pretty jarring.
Bill O’Brien traded one of the best receivers in the game
DeAndre Hopkins has been one of the best receivers in the NFL since the Houston Texans drafted him with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft. Playing in every game but two since the 2013 season, Hopkins has earned four Pro Bowl selections and three first-team All-Pro selections. He has also gained over 1,000 receiving yards in every season but two in his career, one of those being his rookie year.
He did much of this without good quarterbacks too. Deshaun Watson just came to the Texans in 2017. He even missed much of that season due to injury. The list of the other quarterbacks who played with Hopkins in Houston from 2013 through 2016 is as follows: Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett, Brian Hoyer, T.J. Yates, Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler, and Tom Savage.
During the 2018 season, Hopkins was third in the NFL with 115 catches and second in the NFL with 1,572 receiving yards. Then in 2019, he was third in the NFL with 104 receptions and had 1,165 receiving yards.
The trade that doesn’t make sense
Being without a top 50 pick in the 2020 or 2021 NFL drafts, O’Brien was looking for some draft picks. The Texans ultimately sent Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals on Monday. In return, they got running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick.
Johnson was considered to be a top running back in 2016 but is far from that now. He had 2,118 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns in 2016, but last season he only had 345 total rushing yards. Trading Hopkins, who was a top receiver just last season, for Johnson, does not make much sense.
Michael Irvin gave unbelievable insight about O’Brien and Hopkins
Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin was on ESPN’s Get Up on Wednesday morning and said he talked to Hopkins after the trade. Irvin said that Hopkins told him it was a bit of a power struggle because O’Brien thought Hopkins had too much influence over the locker room. O’Brien then called Hopkins in for a meeting to hash things out, according to Irvin. He then started the meeting in an unbelievable way.
“He told DeAndre Hopkins, he said: ‘Hey, the last time I had to have a meeting like this, it was with Aaron Hernandez,’” Irvin said on Get Up, according to Bleacher Report.Michael Irvin
Aaron Hernandez was a tight end for the New England Patriots when O’Brien was an offensive coach for the Pats. Hernandez was arrested for the murder of Odin Lloyd in 2013. He was then convicted in 2015. Hernandez died by suicide in his prison cell in 2017.
Irvin then continued by saying that Hopkins has a few kids from different women. He then said that O’Brien told Hopkins that he didn’t like him having his “baby mamas” around sometimes, according to Bleacher Report.
If what Irvin said is true, O’Brien certainly crossed a couple of lines with Hopkins. These statements have yet to be confirmed, though.
O’Brien will look to win his fifth AFC South title with the Texans next season. He must do it without one of his best players, though, now that he has traded Hopkins. For Hopkins, he can now get a fresh start with the Arizona Cardinals.