3. DeAndre Hopkins, possible trade candidate, Arizona Cardinals
Another one of the game’s top receivers could become available in a trade this offseason, although the Denver Broncos would have to be considered a longshot here if the Cardinals and new GM Monti Ossenfort actually intend on making a move on Hopkins.
The Broncos may need to hold onto that first-round pick from the 49ers if they are going to try and make a deal for someone like DeAndre Hopkins, or at least their pair of third-round picks. They could try to tantalize the Cardinals with 2024 NFL Draft capital as well but the fact of the matter is, if a player like DeAndre Hopkins is available, George Paton needs to be making a call to find out what the asking price is.
Hopkins’ availability over the last two seasons in Arizona has been a bit spotty, but he’s obviously one of the best and most proven commodities at receiver in the NFL today. Back in 2019 or 2020, the combination of Russell Wilson and DeAndre Hopkins might strike fear into the hearts of opponents.
Here in 2023, though, it would be a worthwhile gamble for the Broncos on two guys who may have their best days behind them, but who also may be able to come together in Denver and deliver some kind of spark to an offense that so desperately needs it.
Hopkins is sure-handed, if nothing else, which is something the Broncos’ offense needs. He gets open regularly, he’s a threat at every level of the field, he’s smart, and he can help you convert on third down and in the red zone.
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One way or the other, the Broncos need veteran players who can help the team right now. They don’t really have the luxury of gambling NFL Draft picks on major areas of need with what we saw last season. This team should be hugely active in free agency and with trades, and I think you’re going to see one of the biggest splashes made (or multiple) at the offensive skill positions.