Where will DeAndre Hopkins land?
According to reports, the Buffalo Bills are still interested in signing free-agent wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
However, they are only willing to do so if he decreases his asking price.
ESPN NFL insider Jeff Darlington discussed the situation on the Rich Eisen Show and mentioned that the Bills would love to have Hopkins on their team, but they are not willing to pay him what he is asking.
“My understanding with the Bills is, yeah, they love DeAndre Hopkins, and he’d be a great addition, but they’re not gonna pay him. If he wants to ring chase, there’s a spot for him.”
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If Hopkins prioritizes winning a championship, there is a spot for him on the team. Previously, the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans were seen as the top contenders to sign Hopkins. Both teams have offered him contracts, with the Titans being more aggressive in their pursuit.
However, neither team is considered a legitimate chance to play for a championship. On the other hand, the Bills have established themselves as perennial Super Bowl contenders, winning the AFC East for three consecutive seasons and making four consecutive playoff appearances. Playing with superstar quarterback Josh Allen and alongside Stefon Diggs, Hopkins would have the opportunity to form one of the top wide receiver duos in the league.
Although signing Hopkins would be more of a luxury than a necessity for the Bills, as he would be an upgrade over Gabe Davis at WR2. Financially, the Bills have less salary cap space compared to the Patriots and Titans, which may pose a challenge in closing the monetary gap.
The Bills currently have just under $5.5 million in salary cap space, while the Titans have $8.3 million and the Patriots have $17.7 million according to OverTheCap.com. While the door remains open for Hopkins in Buffalo, it may be difficult for the Bills to compete financially with teams like the Patriots and Titans.