The Worst Trade In Texans History Just Got Even Worse

September 6, 2022

Did the Deandre Hopkins trade just get even worse for the Texans? Recent roster moves indicate so

It’s no secret that the Deandre Hopkins trade is one of the worst trades of all time. Bill O’Brien’s decision to move the superstar wideout was and still is beyond puzzling. Unfortunately, over two years later, the trade has fared even worse than some Texans fans would have hoped. 

The Shockingly Bad Details

On March 22, 2020, Bill O’Brien sent Hopkins and a 2020 4th rounder, to the Arizona Cardinals for RB David Johnson, a 2020 2nd rounder, and a 2021 4th rounder. 

A Troubling Trade For The Texans

The reason O’Brien wanted David Johnson so bad was because of his 2016 season, in which he led the league in total yards and touches. However somebody must have forgotten to tell him that after 2016, Johnson was terrible. In fact the Cardinals were more than likely going to cut him before the trade went down. And after it, David Johnson wasn’t great either. In his first year with the Texans, Johnson was solid, but just like he did in Arizona, he declined in 2021. And as of now he is a free agent. While Hopkins is torching defenders in Arizona, Johnson is sitting on his coach waiting for a phone call from an NFL team that may never come. Thanks Bill.

As for the picks? Those weren’t great either. The Second round pick was wasted on Defensive Tackle Ross Blacklock, who after two years in Houston was traded to the Vikings for a 6th and 7th rounder. The Fourth round pick could serve itself useful, as it was one of three assets used to trade up for Receiver Nico Collins in the 2021 draft. It’s unlikely that Collins will become quite the wideout Deandre Hopkins was, but he could be a star for the Texans some day.

The trade panned out pretty great for the Cardinals, Hopkins’ arrival increased their win total by three, and helped them to two competitive seasons, including a playoff berth last year. Even though he’ll miss half of 2022 because of a PED suspension, Hopkins will still be vital to the Cardinals success. 

It’s Finally Time To Move On In Houston

The Hopkins-Johnson deal is about as lopsided as they come. While the trade may haunt Texans fans for years, it’s time to start trying to forget it. At this point all Texans fans can do is move on, and with a promising young team that will be easier to do then it may seem. The Hopkins trade may have been a massive failure, but we can trample it with massive successes. I think it’s time to look to the future instead of the past.


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