In the 2022 season, we saw a very potent Dallas Cowboys offense but it lacked that number two option in the wide receiver group.
Although we saw CeeDee Lamb have a historic season which included over 100 receptions and over 1,300 receiving yards, Dak Prescott didn’t have another consistent receiver to depend on.
With Michael Gallup having a very disappointing season, Deandre Hopkins might be what pushes this team to the next level. There are alleged rumors that the Arizona Cardinals are looking to trade their star receiver this offseason, and the Cowboys front office should be jumping at the idea of adding a top 10 wide receiver to their team.
There are three key reasons why the Cowboys should add DeAndre Hopkins to the team.
3 reasons the Cowboys should trade for DeAndre Hopkins
1. Take some pressure off CeeDee Lamb
This past season we saw a very weak wide receiver group, other than CeeDee Lamb, no one had much success. Gallup had a very underwhelming season, and despite Noah Brown having some success with Cooper Rush, he was a no-show with Dak Prescott.
In the nine games Hopkins played this past season, he had 64 receptions for a little over 700 yards. He put up better numbers than any other receiver in the Cowboys locker room other than Lamb, with far fewer games played.
At some point, teams will always double Lamb and make someone else beat them, and right now the Cowboys don’t have that other weapon. Adding Hopkins will make Lamb have more one-on-one play, which will make him an even better number-one receiver.
2. DeAndre Hopkins’ contract is absorbable
Hopkins has received all of his guaranteed money on the contract he has. He would likely seek another contract with a new team he lands on, but as of now, all teams need to give up are possibly multiple second-round picks. This is a decision the front office would have to make, but to get a top 10 receiver for this asking price is not costly. Hopkin’s contract is easy to deal with, so there should be no salary cap issues at all if the Cowboys would trade for him.
3. Give Dak Prescott another weapon
As I have already stated, other than Lamb there was no other reliable offensive weapon for Dak Prescott. Dalton Schultz had an okay season, but Lamb with the help of Tony Pollard carried the Cowboy’s offense.
Dak Prescott was forcing the ball to Lamb at times, and trying to get others involved, which I believe resulted in many of his turnovers. Adding Hopkins will give him that other dangerous weapon he needed this season. Having Lamb as the number one, Hopkins as the number two and Gallup as the three makes for a great receiving group.