PHOENIX — Two days after the Arizona Cardinals traded for Houston Texans star receiver DeAndre Hopkins in what has been considered one of the most lopsided deals in recent history, reports are surfacing in attempts to give context to the deal.
According to former NFL receiver and ESPN analyst Michael Irvin, there was a bad relationship between Texans head coach Bill O'Brien and DeAndre Hopkins.
Irvin talked specifically about a meeting between Hopkins and O'Brien where O'Brien allegedly likened Hopkins to Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots tight end convicted of murder, who later died in jail.
Below is the clip from Irvin on ESPN's "Get Up" Wednesday morning.
"[O'Brien] told DeAndre Hopkins, 'Hey uh, the last time I had to have a meeting like this, it was with Aaron Hernandez," Irvin said regarding a meeting between the coach and receiver about influence in the the locker room.
Irvin said Hopkins told Irvin, "Michael, that blew my mind that he would even bring that up, I've never been in any trouble, I don't know why he would even equate me with Aaron Hernandez."
According to Irvin, the meeting continued to deteriorate from there. Irvin said O'Brien talked about Hopkins having children with multiple different women and how he didn't like that Hopkins would have those women around sometimes.
"From there, I think the relationship just went bad and thus we got a trade of DeAndre Hopkins from Houston for basically, like I said earlier, a ham sandwich all because of that relationship," Irvin said.
DeAndre Hopkins took to Twitter shortly after saying all of this was being "blown out of proportion.
"As I've said before, I enjoyed and am proud of my time with the Texans," Hopkins tweeted. "I have the utmost respect for Coach O'Brien and that will not change. Now, I'm ready to play for the Cardinals."
ESPN's Ed Werder reports the trade was a result of Hopkins asking for $18-$20 million and the player/coach relationship was not a factor.
Since the trade, which was universally considered to be a heavily lopsided deal, people have been looking for reasons why. Especially after the Minnesota Vikings traded Stefon Diggs for a haul of picks including a first rounder from Buffalo.
Meanwhile the Cardinals traded for one of the NFL's top offensive players for running back David Johnson, a second-round pick and a future fourth-round pick.
This was Hopkins yesterday on Instagram live:
Hopkins is a 4-time Pro Bowler including each of the past three seasons.
The 27-year-old had 1,378 yards in 2017, 1,572 yards in 2018 and 1,165 yards in 2019, averaging more than 10 touchdowns in each of those seasons.
He'll join Kliff Kingsbury and Kyler Murray's offense with Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk as the other top receivers.