NFL contender appears to be out on DeAndre Hopkins sweepstakes
The DeAndre Hopkins sweepstakes continues as the search for the top free agent wide receiver for his next NFL team continues.
Hopkins said he’s looking for a solid organization with a good quarterback he can gel with for the postseason, but there’s a team that fits the bill that seems out at Pro Bowler.
The New York Jets have Aaron Rodgers after finalizing a blockbuster trade with the Green Bay Packers, and the move projects them to be a serious contender after not making the playoffs the last 12 seasons.
Click here for more sports coverage on FOXNEWS.COM
But head coach Robert Saleh through a question about Hopkins possibly joining the team on Wednesday.
“We love our current group,” Saleh said, via the New York Post, about the team’s receivers. “I know there was something similar with Odell [Beckham Jr.]But other than that, we love our group.”
The Jets had Beckham in the sweepstakes, but he signed a one-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens to join Lamar Jackson.
DeAndre Hopkins’ new agent has NFL fans guessing the Pro Bowl receiver will land in the NFC East
While there’s always some gamesmanship when it comes to keeping plans under wraps in professional sports, given the Jets’ receiving corps it seems reasonable to take Saleh at his word.
First, Garrett Wilson won Offensive Rookie of the Year last year despite being in flux at the quarterback position between Zach Wilson, Mike White and Joe Flacco. He is expected to thrive with Rodgers calling the shots on offense now.
There’s also the addition of Allen Lazard, who knows Rodgers well from his time in Green Bay. He signed with the Jets this offseason despite the Rodgers deal not yet going through. Even Randall Cobb, Rodgers’ longtime target with the Packers, went on one Jets drive as a free agent.
GM Joe Douglas also added Meacol Hardman, who is expected to be a deep ball threat as well as someone Rodgers can get off the ball early for a potential big gain with his blistering speed. Add in veterans Corey Davis and Denzel Mims, and the Jets should like their chances with this position group.
Cardinals unhappy Deandre Hopkins misses games late in season: Report
At the same time, Hopkins is a perennial No. 1 receiver in the NFL, so it would be a mistake to completely wash away the opportunity to bring him in. The Jets have cap room to make a deal for Hopkins, as OverTheCap.com currently has about a $24 million surplus.
Teams like the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Philadelphia Eagles are favorites to land that guy on the gridiron due to their status as some of the top teams in the NFL, especially when it comes to their quarterback play. What they call “the nook”. .
Click here to get the Fox News app
But the Jets seem pretty content with the group in the building right now. Getting everyone on the same page under new offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett, who Rodgers also played under in Green Bay, appears to be a top priority for the organization.