The first major trade of the offseason went down on Monday, as the Houston Texans sent DeAndre Hopkins and a fourth round pick to the Arizona Cardinals for David Johnson and a second and fourth round pick. This move is a huge boost for Arizona, which has needed a dynamic receiver opposite Larry Fitzgerald to pair with second-year quarterback Kyler Murray. However, it seems to be counterproductive for a Houston team.
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The deal impacted both teams’ Super Bowl odds at DraftKings Sportsbook. The Cardinals’ were 66/1 before they acquired Hopkins. However, now their chances have improved to 40/1. Arizona finished 5-10-1 last season and will bolster its passing attack by adding Hopkins to a group that includes Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. Upgrading the receiving corps and potentially retaining running back Kenyan Drake should help Murray improve — even with the stiff competition in the NFC West.
The Texans won the AFC South with a 10-6 record in 2019 and saw their odds sink from 33/1 to 40/1 following the deal. Moving on from Deshaun Watson’s top target doesn’t do much for them — especially since the Carlos Hyde (last year’s leading rusher) will likely be headed out the door this offseason and David Johnson took a big step back. Johnson notched career lows in almost every major statistical category in 2019, so the outlook isn’t good for Houston’s offense.