DeAndre Hopkins agrees to two-year deal with Tennessee Titans
After taking nearly two months to decide where to continue his career, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins agreed to a two-year, $26 million deal with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, July 16th. The five-time Pro Bowler and three-time First-Team All-Pro was released by the Arizona Cardinals in late May. Hopkins didn’t want to spend more time playing in a rebuilding situation, plus the Cardinals had no interest in paying him any longer. Now, Hopkins will play for a Titans team that went 7-10 last season, snapping a streak of three consecutive years in the playoffs.
Last season, Hopkins caught 64 passes for 717 yards and three touchdowns, despite being suspended six games for violating the NFL’s Performance Enhancing Drug policy. Hopkins very much proved that there is something left in the tank, and he should slot in as the top wide receiver in a Tennessee offense that is desperate for all the pass-catching help it can get.
The Titans are once again expected to lean heavily on Derrick Henry and the rushing attack, but having Hopkins on the outside should take a little pressure off Tennessee’s star running back. The Titans badly missed A.J. Brown after having traded the wide receiver to the Philadelphia Eagles prior to last season. But despite this being a move that seems beneficial for Tennessee, it doesn’t change much of anything for the Titans in the eyes of the oddsmakers.
The Titans were listed at +8000 to win Super Bowl LVIII at DraftKings Sportsbook before the move, and they remain at +8000 after the move. The Jacksonville Jaguars are still favored to win the AFC South, with the defending division champs listed at -155 to repeat that feat. On top of that, Tennessee is listed at -300 to miss the postseason this year. The flip side of that is that you can get the Titans at +250 to make the playoffs, if you believe the acquisition of Hopkins will take Tennessee to another level.