Shocked without the awe is the best way for me to describe how I felt about the deal which sent the leagues most reliable wide-receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals for the washed-up David Johnson.
Johnson rushed for a less than impressive 345 yards last year and will cost the Houston Texans $11.3 million dollars this year. David who was one of the leagues best running backs in 2016, has never been the same since his 2017 wrist injury which sidelined him for most of the season.
This deal is so bad that I actually wondered if Toro, the Texans mascot is providing strategic advice to O’Brien.
Look, this deal was not about David Johnson, it was all about Bill O’Brien’s in ability to get along with DeAndre Hopkins. The rub had something to do with Hopkins wanting the ball more, which makes Hopkins no different than any other star wide-receiver who has ever laced it-up in the NFL.
Rumors have been circulating for well over a year that DeAndre Hopkins was available for trade which seemed ridiculous if you consider DeAndre’s first 7 seasons with the Texans in which he posted 8,602 receiving yards and 54 touchdowns.
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O’Brien who is 52-44 as a head-coach in the NFL has had one losing season in his 6 year NFL coaching career. The Texans went 4-12 in 2017, but other than that injury plagued year he has led the Texans to 4 AFC South division titles in 6 years.
If you can attempt to even understand why Bill wanted to trade Hopkins, you are left still trying to explain why he would think the David Johnson deal was good. It’s not like the Texans are saving a ton of money against the cap – basically Hopkins is scheduled to make $1 million more in 2020. Additionally, Hopkins is a super-star and David Johnson is rapidly closing in on the end of his career.
So in what universe does Bill O’Brien live in where this deal makes sense? Hell if I know, but maybe in O’Brien’s alternate universe David Johnson actually plays like Derrick Henry.