DeAndre Hopkins could be heading to a Vikings rival
By Adam Patrick
While the newly released DeAndre Hopkins would be a great addition to the Minnesota Vikings offense, the purple and gold don't really have the need or the assets to land the former Arizona Cardinals wide receiver before the start of the 2023 season.
The Vikings are not expected to be among the teams that will be attempting to sign Hopkins in the near future, at least according to the latest next team odds for the receiver from PointsBet, which can be found below.
DeAndre Hopkins Next Team Odds (per PointsBet)
- Kansas City Chiefs: +300
- Buffalo Bills: +300
- New York Jets: +600
- Baltimore Ravens: +700
- Los Angeles Chargers: +950
- Dallas Cowboys: +1000
- Detroit Lions: +1200
- New England Patriots: +1200
- Philadelphia Eagles: +1500
- Jacksonville Jaguars: +1500
- Cleveland Browns: +2000
- San Francisco 49ers: +2000
- Chicago Bears: +2500
- New York Giants: +3000
- Los Angeles Rams: +3000
Will DeAndre Hopkins sign with a Minnesota Vikings rival?
Among the teams with the best odds to sign Hopkins this offseason are a pair of franchises that Minnesota takes on twice per year in the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears.
Given that the Lions are already favored by some to win the NFC North in 2023, the veteran receiver ending up in the Motor City seems like one of the worst outcomes for the Vikings. Hopkins is also good enough to help the Bears challenge for the top of the division, so it's not like Minnesota would be relieved if he wound up in Chicago either.
Similar to the Vikings, the Lions and Bears might also not have a significant need for Hopkins. Despite a six-game suspension to begin next season, Detroit is still expecting big things out of second-year wide receiver Jameson Williams in 2023. As for the Bears, they've traded for receivers Chase Claypool and D.J. Moore within the past year, and quarterback Justin Fields isn't exactly known for his passing frequency.
These two teams shouldn't be ruled out as landing spots for Hopkins, but the Vikings should feel confident that the All-Pro wide receiver probably isn't going to sign with one of their NFC North rivals.