Although some fans may have scratched their heads at the Arizona Cardinals even bothering to hit running back Kenyan Drake with the transition tag, the possible 2020 breakout superstar’s importance to Arizona’s offense increased exponentially after Steve Keim pulled the biggest blockbuster trade of the offseason.
Taking full advantage of the incompetent Bill O’Brien in the same vein the rival Seattle Seahawks did last year for Jadeveon Clowney, Keim sent David Johnson and a second and fourth-round pick to the Texans for DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth.
Johnson may not be a better rusher than Drake and is coming off an awful season. Meanwhile, Hopkins might be the most consistent offensive weapon in the entire NFL and is capable of making the type of jaw-dropping catches which will aid Kyler Murray greatly.
Murray needed a playmaker with a wide catch radius, as Hopkins greatly increases the standout young quarterback’s margin for error under center.
The Hopkins trade alone makes the Cardinals one of NFL free agency’s biggest winners, but the team should also be praised for adding a star defensive tackle in Jordan Phillips. He nearly had 10 sacks last season for the Miami Dolphins, emerging as one of the better player’s at the position. Phillips is great against the run and pass, beefing up a Cardinals defense which could still use a couple of more pieces heading into what could be a thrilling 2020 season.