Cardinals release star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins after three seasons

star nfl wide receiver deandre hopkins He was released by the Arizona Cardinals on Friday, ending his three-season tenure with the organization, the team announced.

Hopkins̵7; future in Arizona has hung in the balance since the end of the 2022 season, when the Cardinals named general manager and head coach,

DeAndre Hopkins (10) of the Arizona Cardinals talks with a referee during the first half against the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High December 18, 2022 in Denver, Colo. (Justin Edmonds / Getty Images)

Five times pro bowler There’s also a $22.6 million dead cap hit, according to NFL Network, which the Cardinals will take into next season.

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In a recent “I Am Athlete” podcast appearance, Hopkins opened up about what he finds in the franchise’s front office.

“All I want is stable management up, I think it’s something that hasn’t really happened in the last few years of my career moving from Houston to living in Arizona. I’ve gone through three to four GMs in my career,” Hopkins said.

“A QB that loves the game, a QB that brings everybody along, pushes not only himself but the people around him. I don’t need a great QB. I’ve had it with a subpar QB.” Did it. Just a QB who loves the game like I do. And a great defense. I think defense wins championships.

“For me, that’s it. Great management, a QB who loves the game and a great defense.”

DeAndre Hopkins vs The Chargers

DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter of a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at State Farm Stadium. November 27, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (Norm Hall / Getty Images)


New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens According to ESPN, and the Buffalo Bills are reportedly interested in pursuing Hopkins.

Hopkins in 2020 blockbuster trade by Cardinals houston texans and was a Pro Bowler in his first season in Arizona.

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DeAndre Hopkins plays against the Patriots

Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins of the Arizona Cardinals during a game at State Farm Stadium on December 12, 2022, in Glendale, Ariz. (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

Over the past three seasons, Hopkins has made 221 catches for 2,696 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Hopkins was suspended for the first six games of the 2022 NFL season for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy, but still managed to lead the Cardinals in receiving yards (717), including nine. The games included three touchdowns.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report