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Posted by DavidGreen
Mar 19, 2020

Introduction

On Monday, March 16, 2020 the Arizona Cardinals traded star running back, David Johnson, a second round pick in this year’s draft, and a fourth round selection in the 2021 NFL draft to the Houston Texans. The Arizona Cardinals will get the big time wide receiver, DeAndre Hopkins, as well as a fourth round pick in the upcoming 2020 NFL draft in exchange.

Current Contracts

The Houston Texans are now responsible for the remainder of Johnson’s current contract extension he signed in 2018 for 3 years and $39 million. It involves a $10.2 million cap hit this year and a $7.9 million cap hit in 2021.

The Arizona Cardinals now owe Hopkins $14 million for the 2020 – 2021 NFL season, $15 million for the following season, and $13.9 million for his services in the 2022 – 2023 NFL season. This blockbuster trade seems to heavily favor the Arizona Cardinals as they are getting one of the best wide outs in the National Football League.

The Texans Fulfill their Running Back Needs

With both rushers Carlos Hyde as well as Lamar Miller hitting the free agency market this offseason, they were in desperate need of a reliable running back which they get with the acquisition of David Johnson. The Houston Texans also have running back Duke Johnson on their roster for the 2020 – 2021 NFL season. They picked up Duke from the Cleveland Browns prior to last season when the pass catching back wanted out of Cleveland after the Browns signed Kareem Hunt.

The Arizona Cardinals Score Big

Although the Arizona Cardinals dealt Johnson away, they will no longer have to pay his extensive and over valued contract. They recently placed the transition tag on their running back Kenyan Drake which allows them to match any offer that he may receive through the free agency market. The Arizona Cardinals will most likely retain Drake as their core rusher.

The Cardinals who already have one of the greatest all time wide receivers in the veteran pass catcher, Larry Fitzgerald, now have the incredible addition of Hopkins. He is one of the best wide receivers if not the best wide out in the game right now. With those two guys opposite each other on the Arizona Cardinals offense they will create an extremely threatening and highly productive passing attack for their young and talented quarterback, Kyler Murray, to utilize as he develops in the National Football League.

Hopkins was named to the NFL Pro Bowl 4 times (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) as well as the NFL First Team All Pro 3 times (2017, 2018, 2019). He led the National Football League in touchdown receptions during the 2017 – 2018 NFL season.

He has recorded 3 consecutive years of 1,000 plus yards receiving, and has the most touchdowns out of any NFL wide receiver over the last 3 seasons. There is no doubt that as long as Hopkins stays healthy, he greatly improves the Arizona Cardinals team, and this trade should prove to be one of their best moves in franchise history.

Johnson's NFL Career Statistics

Rushing and Receiving

          Games   Rushing               Receiving                     Total Yds          
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rush Yds TD 1D Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD 1D Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt Touch Y/Tch YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2015 24 ARI rb 31 16 5 125 581 8 36 47 4.6 36.3 7.8 57 36 457 12.7 4 21 55 2.3 28.6 63.20% 8 161 6.4 1038 12 4 9
2016*+ 25 ARI RB 31 16 16 293 1239 16 73 58 4.2 77.4 18.3 120 80 879 11 4 42 58 5 54.9 66.70% 7.3 373 5.7 2118 20 5 15
2017 26 ARI rb 31 1 1 11 23 0 0 6 2.1 23 11 9 6 67 11.2 0 3 24 6 67 66.70% 7.4 17 5.3 90 0 2 1
2018 27 ARI RB 31 16 16 258 940 7 51 53 3.6 58.8 16.1 76 50 446 8.9 3 22 40 3.1 27.9 65.80% 5.9 308 4.5 1386 10 3 6
2019 28 ARI RB 31 13 9 94 345 2 20 18 3.7 26.5 7.2 47 36 370 10.3 4 17 31 2.8 28.5 76.60% 7.9 130 5.5 715 6 1 5
Career         62 47 781 3128 33 180 58 4 50.5 12.6 309 208 2219 10.7 15 105 58 3.4 35.8 67.30%   989 5.4 5347 48 15 36

Advanced Rushing and Receiving

          Games   Rushing                 Receiving                      
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Rush Yds 1D YBC YBC/Att YAC YAC/Att BrkTkl Att/Br Tgt Rec Yds 1D YBC YBC/R YAC YAC/R BrkTkl Rec/Br Drop Drop%
2018 27 ARI RB 31 16 16 258 940 51 531 2.1 409 1.6 9 28.7 76 50 446 22 61 1.2 385 7.7 5 10 8 10.5
2019 28 ARI RB 31 13 9 94 345 20 175 1.9 170 1.8 6 15.7 47 36 370 17 148 4.1 222 6.2 2 18 2 4.3

Table headline

        Games   Rushing               Receiving                     Total Yds        
Year Age Tm Pos G GS Rush Yds TD 1D Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD 1D Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt Touch Y/Tch YScm RRTD Fmb
2015 24 ARI RB 2 2 30 95 1 8 23 3.2 47.5 15 18 15 111 7.4 0 5 16 7.5 55.5 83.30% 6.2 45 4.6 206 1 0
Career       2 2 30 95 1 8 23 3.2 47.5 15 18 15 111 7.4 0 5 16 7.5 55.5 83.30% 6.2 45 4.6 206 1 0

Kick and Punt Returns

          Games   Punt Returns         Kick Returns          
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
2015 24 ARI rb 31 16 5           22 598 1 108 27.2 1636
2019 28 ARI RB 31 13 9           1 24 0 24 24 739
Career         62 47           23 622 1 108 27 5969

Defense and Fumbles

          Games   Def Interceptions         Fumbles           Tackles          
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits Sfty
2015 24 ARI rb 31 16 5           0 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0  
2016*+ 25 ARI RB 31 16 16           0 5 1 0 0 0            
2017 26 ARI rb 31 1 1           0 2 0 0 0 0            
2018 27 ARI RB 31 16 16           0 3 1 0 0 0            
2019 28 ARI RB 31 13 9           0 1 0 0 0 0            
Career         62 47           0 15 2 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0  

Scoring Summary

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts
2015 24 ARI RB 31 16 5 8 4   1       13               78
2016*+ 25 ARI RB 31 16 16 16 4           20 1             122
2018 27 ARI RB 31 16 16 7 3           10 1             62
2019 28 ARI RB 31 13 9 2 4           6               36
Career         62 47 33 15   1       49 2             298

Playoffs Scoring Summary

Year Age Tm Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts
2015 24 ARI RB 2 2 1             1               6
Career       2 2 1             1               6

Snap Counts

          Games   Off.   Def.   ST  
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Num Pct Num Pct Num Pct
2015 24 ARI RB 31 16 5 413 37% 0 0% 114 25%
2016*+ 25 ARI RB 31 16 16 964 84% 0 0% 1 0%
2017 26 ARI RB 31 1 1 46 4% 0 0% 0 0%
2018 27 ARI RB 31 16 16 749 80% 0 0% 0 0%
2019 28 ARI RB 31 13 9 437 42% 0 0% 1 0%
Career             2609   0   116  

Hopkins’ NFL Career Statistics

Rushing and Receiving

          Games   Receiving                     Rushing               Total Yds          
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD 1D Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt Rush Yds TD 1D Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Touch Y/Tch YScm RRTD Fmb AV
2013 21 HOU WR 10 16 16 91 52 802 15.4 2 38 66 3.3 50.1 57.10% 8.8                 52 15.4 802 2 1 5
2014 22 HOU WR 10 16 16 127 76 1210 15.9 6 57 76 4.8 75.6 59.80% 9.5                 76 15.9 1210 6 2 10
2015* 23 HOU WR 10 16 16 192 111 1521 13.7 11 83 61 6.9 95.1 57.80% 7.9                 111 13.7 1521 11 1 11
2016 24 HOU WR 10 16 16 151 78 954 12.2 4 57 51 4.9 59.6 51.70% 6.3                 78 12.2 954 4 0 7
2017*+ 25 HOU WR 10 15 15 174 96 1378 14.4 13 69 72 6.4 91.9 55.20% 7.9                 96 14.4 1378 13 1 11
2018*+ 26 HOU WR 10 16 16 163 115 1572 13.7 11 85 49 7.2 98.3 70.60% 9.6 1 -7 0 0 -7 -7 -0.4 0.1 116 13.5 1565 11 2 13
2019*+ 27 HOU WR 10 15 15 150 104 1165 11.2 7 68 43 6.9 77.7 69.30% 7.8 2 18 0 2 12 9 1.2 0.1 106 11.2 1183 7 0 11
Career         110 110 1048 632 8602 13.6 54 457 76 5.7 78.2 60.30% 8.2 3 11 0 2 12 3.7 0.1 0 635 13.6 8613 54 7 68

Advanced Rushing and Receiving

          Games   Receiving                       Rushing                
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Tgt Rec Yds 1D YBC YBC/R YAC YAC/R BrkTkl Rec/Br Drop Drop% Rush Yds 1D YBC YBC/Att YAC YAC/Att BrkTkl Att/Br
2018*+ 26 HOU WR 10 16 16 163 115 1572 85 1185 10.3 387 3.4 5 23 2 1.2 1 -7 0 -7 -7 0 0 0  
2019*+ 27 HOU WR 10 15 15 150 104 1165 68 778 7.5 387 3.7 9 11.6 4 2.7 2 18 2 15 7.5 3 1.5 0  

Playoffs Rushing and Receiving

        Games   Receiving                     Rushing               Total Yds        
Year Age Tm Pos G GS Tgt Rec Yds Y/R TD 1D Lng R/G Y/G Ctch% Y/Tgt Rush Yds TD 1D Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Touch Y/Tch YScm RRTD Fmb
2015* 23 HOU WR 1 1 11 6 69 11.5 0 5 17 6 69 54.50% 6.3                 6 11.5 69 0 0
2016 24 HOU WR 2 2 18 11 132 12 1 6 38 5.5 66 61.10% 7.3                 11 12 132 1 0
2018*+ 26 HOU WR 1 1 10 5 37 7.4 0 4 13 5 37 50.00% 3.7                 5 7.4 37 0 0
2019*+ 27 HOU WR 2 2 22 15 208 13.9 0 9 41 7.5 104 68.20% 9.5                 15 13.9 208 0 2
Career       6 6 61 37 446 12.1 1 24 41 6.2 74.3 60.70% 7.3                 37 12.1 446 1 2
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Passing

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% 1D Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk%
2018*+ 26 HOU WR 10 16 16   0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   0 39.6 2.9 0 0 0 0 0
2019*+ 27 HOU WR 10 15 15   1 2 50 6 1 50 1 50 1 6 3 -9.5 6 0.4 56.2   0 0 3 -9.5 0
Career         110 110   1 3 33.3 6 1 33.3 1 33.3 1 6 2 -6.3 6 0.1 42.4   0 0 2 -6.33 0

Advanced Passing

          Games   Passing                  
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Cmp Att Yds IAY IAY/PA CAY CAY/Cmp CAY/PA YAC YAC/Cmp
2018*+ 26 HOU WR 10 16 16 0 1 0 17 17 0   0 0  
2019*+ 27 HOU WR 10 15 15 1 2 6 9 4.5 0 0 0 6 6

Defense and Fumbles

          Games   Def Interceptions         Fumbles           Tackles          
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Comb Solo Ast TFL QBHits Sfty
2013 21 HOU WR 10 16 16           1 1 0 0 0 0            
2014 22 HOU WR 10 16 16           0 2 2 0 0 0            
2015* 23 HOU WR 10 16 16           0 1 0 0 0 0            
2017*+ 25 HOU WR 10 15 15           0 1 0 0 0 0            
2018*+ 26 HOU WR 10 16 16 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0            
Career         110 110 0 0 0 0 1 1 7 2 0 0 0            

Advanced Defense and Fumbles

          Games   Pass Coverage                       Pass Rush         Tackles    
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Int Tgt Cmp Cmp% Yds Yds/Cmp Yds/Tgt TD Rat DADOT Air YAC Bltz Hrry QBKD Sk Prss Comb MTkl MTkl%
2018*+ 26 HOU WR 10 16 16 0 1 0 0.00% 0   0 0 39.6 53 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  
2019*+ 27 HOU WR 10 15 15 0 0 0   0     0     0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0  

Playoffs Defense and Fumbles

        Games   Def Interceptions         Fumbles          
Year Age Tm Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk
2019*+ 27 HOU WR 2 2           0 2 0 0 0 0
Career       6 6           0 2 0 0 0 0

Scoring Summary

Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
2013 21 HOU WR 10 16 16   2           2               12  
2014 22 HOU WR 10 16 16   6           6               36  
2015* 23 HOU WR 10 16 16   11           11 1             68  
2016 24 HOU WR 10 16 16   4           4               24  
2017*+ 25 HOU WR 10 15 15   13           13               78  
2018*+ 26 HOU WR 10 16 16   11           11               66  
2019*+ 27 HOU WR 10 15 15   7           7 1             44  
Career         110 110   54           54 2             328  

Playoff Scoring Summary

Year Age Tm Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts
2016 24 HOU WR 2 2   1           1               6
2019*+ 27 HOU WR 2 2                 1             2
Career       6 6   1           1 1             8

Snap Counts

          Games   Off.   Def.   ST  
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Num Pct Num Pct Num Pct
2013 21 HOU WR 10 16 16 995 89% 0 0% 0 0%
2014 22 HOU WR 10 16 16 1055 95% 1 0% 3 1%
2015* 23 HOU WR 10 16 16 1148 97% 0 0% 2 0%
2016 24 HOU WR 10 16 16 1085 97% 0 0% 2 0%
2017*+ 25 HOU WR 10 15 15 1021 93% 1 0% 0 0%
2018*+ 26 HOU WR 10 16 16 1084 99% 2 0% 2 0%
2019*+ 27 HOU WR 10 15 15 971 91% 0 0% 0 0%
Career             7359   4   9  

Sources:

“Cards get DeAndre Hopkins, ship RB David Johnson to Texans”, Sarah Barshop, espn.com, March 16, 2020.

“David Johnson”, pro-football-reference.com, March 16, 2020.

“DeAndre Hopkins”, pro-football-reference.com, March 16, 2020.

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