The Arizona Cardinals-DeAndre Hopkins marriage is over after three seasons.
Hopkins was released by the team on Friday morning, announced via a fairly stark tweet from the team’s official account.
The Cardinals were reportedly shopping Hopkins this offseason, trying to get his team-high $30.75 million cap hit off the books. Hopkins, soon to be 32 years old, is coming off back-to-back disappointing seasons, and was suspended for the first six games of 2022 after testing positive for performance enhancing substances.
The release also comes on the heels of a podcast appearance where Hopkins listed the five quarterbacks he’d like to catch passes from, with his current QB Kyler Murray not making the list.
Hopkins is a five time Pro Bowler, last making a Pro Bowl in 2020, when he caught 115 passes for 1407 yards in his first year with Arizona. He had 2,696 yards and 17 touchdowns on 221 catches in his three seasons in Arizona.
The Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots had been among the teams reportedly interested in pursuing Hopkins.