The Houston Texans have traded their star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and a late-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for running back David Johnson and a 2nd-round pick, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the news.
The Texans will take on all of David Johnson’s salary for a 3 year deal to the team. Johnson will reportedly make $39 million with his new contract that started in 2018. His cap hits of $10.2 million in 2020 and $7.9 million in 2021.
DeAndre Hopkins is owed $14 million in 2020, $15 million in 2021 and $13.9 million in 2022 from his contract.
In addition to the trade, the Arizona Cardinals will also receive a 4th-round pick in this year’s draft while the Texans get a 2nd-round pick this year and a 4th-round selection in 2021.
Schefter announced this trade via Twitter to kick off the big news across the National Football League.
Trade: Cardinals and Texans are agreeing to a trade that will send David Johnson to Houston, sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020
Hopkins is coming off his 3rd straight 1,000-yard receiving season. He started with the young quarterback Deshaun Watson with the Texans, but will now receive passes from quarterback Kyler Murray with the Arizona Cardinals.
The Houston Texans were in need of a lead running back after Carlos Hyde and Lamar Miller hit free agency. Hyde had the best season of his career after he was acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs. Lamar Miller tore his ACL in the Texans’ 3rd preseason game.
The Texans also have running back Duke Johnson on the roster. The pass-catching player was acquired during training camp in 2019 from the Cleveland Browns for a 3rd-round pick.
Last season David Johnson had the lowest production of his career with 130 touches, 715 all-purpose yards, 6 total touchdowns, 345 rushing yards and 370 receiving yards. The Cardinals were already planning on parting ways with the star running back after backup running back Kenyan Drake led the team in yards last NFL season. The star wide receiver will join the likes of Larry Fitzgerald and coach Kliff Kingsbury.
On Monday, the Cardinals also placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake. This gives the team the right to match any offer that Drake receives in free agency.