All signs point to the Dallas Cowboys adding a receiver this offseason. The Dallas Morning News went as far as to report that the team wants to make an “impactful addition” to the offense in addition to the return of Tony Pollard, who will make $10.09 million next season after he was franchise tagged.
Wouldn’t it be great if the Cowboys still had prime Dez Bryant to pair with CeeDee Lamb? Unfortunately for the front office, though, there aren’t nearly as many star receivers available for trade relative to last offseason.
When the dust settled on 2022, Amari Cooper, Davante Adams, Tyreek Hill, and AJ Brown were all dealt to new teams.
Given the lack of available talent in free agency sans Odell Beckham Jr., it might behoove the Cowboys to entertain trading for a wideout. This front office doesn’t fancy admitting to mistakes, but executing a trade for an impact receiver is a surefire way to rectify offloading Cooper for pennies on the dollar.
How does DeAndre Hopkins sound? The Cardinals are shopping the star wideout, and he’s expected to cost as little as a second-round pick.
Incredibly, Dez has already got the ball rolling for his former team, as he was hanging out with Hopkins in Dallas on Monday.
Is Dez Bryant recruiting DeAndre Hopkins to Cowboys?
This isn’t even the first time Bryant and Hopkins have linked up in the Dallas area. Two weeks ago, Bryant posted a video to social media of the two working out together at Lewisville High School, which is a short drive away from The Star in Frisco. Bryant and Hopkins volunteered at a kids camp and got in a lift.
The Cardinals have seemingly already made up their mind about dealing Hopkins despite his rumored lackluster price tag. Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer purported a second- or third-round pick could be enough to get a deal done.
"“I think it’s going to be hard for (Cardinals GM Monti) Ossenfort to get great value for Hopkins, maybe even to the point where keeping him is a better idea than dealing him. As it stands right now, if I had to ballpark it, I’d say a Day 2 pick would be what Arizona would get in return in a trade,” Breer wrote."
Here’s footage of Bryant and Hopkins working out, via the former’s Twitter account.
Throw up the X, Dez!
Though no longer playing in the NFL — he never officially retired from football — Bryant is still trying to score for his former team.
There’s no way to know if Dez is actively recruiting Hopkins, but the idea of joining forces with Dak Prescott, Lamb, and Tony Pollard had to come up in conversation at least once during these two hangout sessions, no?
Whatever the case, the Cowboys should absolutely be in on a Hopkins trade if the Cardinals rumored demands are true. He’s on the wrong side of 30, but still firmly in the discussion of the top-five WRs, and will count for cap hits of $19.5 million and $14.9 million, respectively, over the next two years.
Time for Dallas to follow Dez’s lead.