The Buffalo Payments might have had a novel purpose for not touchdown former Arizona Cardinals vast receiver DeAndre Hopkins this summer season.
For a chunk printed Tuesday, NFL insider Albert Breer of Sports activities Illustrated reported that the Payments “had labored by particulars each with Hopkins and the Cardinals pre-draft” relating to a transfer for the three-time first-team All-Professional. Breer added that “my sense is there was trepidation (throughout the Payments) due to how such a signing may upset the stability of the offense, with Stefon Diggs needing his touches, and Hopkins being a quantity receiver.”
Payments basic supervisor Brandon Beane indicated in early June he’d pursue Hopkins following the veteran’s launch from the Cardinals. That, nevertheless, was earlier than Diggs both wasn’t or was excused from the opening day of necessary minicamp amid his alleged frustrations “together with his function within the offense and his voice in play-calling.”
Diggs famously confronted quarterback Josh Allen earlier than the 29-year-old finished Buffalo’s 27-10 playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals this previous January with 4 catches on 10 targets for 35 yards and no touchdowns. People related to the group spent parts of their summer season breaks insisting “there’s nothing to actually be frightened about” because it pertains to Diggs’ dedication to serving to the 2023 Payments succeed, however Breer recommended in any other case.
“…They drafted (tight finish) Dalton Kincaid (within the first spherical this spring) to play the form of inside receiver spot Hopkins would have, the Diggs drama escalated, and I’m unsure—as a lot as they preferred Hopkins after they talked to him—they’d one other run in them,” Breer continued concerning the Payments.
It was reported on Sunday that Hopkins obtained a two-year, $26M deal that could possibly be value as much as $32M with incentives to hitch the Tennessee Titans. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio beforehand hinted Buffalo would not get right into a bidding battle with the Titans and/or the New England Patriots to accumulate Hopkins, but it surely appears Beane and firm might have handed on the 31-year-old to assist keep away from potential locker-room points.