The offseason hasn't even officially begun, but the rumor mill is buzzing.
It's no secret, the Chicago Bears plan to spend and address major holes on the roster. Both sides of the ball need a ton of work. However, providing QB Justin Fields some more help would be huge. The Bears already tried when they made a midseason trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers for WR Chase Claypool.
It's no secret that GM Ryan Poles will have north of $100M in cap space and has plenty of draft capital. That capital includes the "golden ticket" that is the #1 overall pick. A trade out of #1 could theoretically land them even more draft picks not only this year, but perhaps next year as well. So, he has the ammunition to be aggressive.
This brings us to the big news that broke on Tuesday afternoon. The Arizona Cardinals are planning on trading WR DeAndre Hopkins this offseason.
Given the current situation of the team, it makes tons of sense. GM Steve Keim resigned and they fired HC Kliff Kingsbury. It's still unknown what they will do with QB Kyler Murray. More than likely, they will rebuild around him.
Hopkins, 31, is still under contract for another two years. He owed $34.36M over that span.
However, there is a caveat. Hopkins has a no-trade clause. He gets to control which team he's traded to. But, it shouldn't be hard to get him to waive his clause if Ryan Poles is allowed to speak with him and discuss their vision and plans.
That said, there will be many suitors and competitors with the Bears. Especially a team to the north that lost out in the Chase Claypool sweepstakes. Ahem, the Green Bay Packers.
Now, what would it likely cost to land the star WR? The Cardinals will ask for a first-round pick. Why wouldn't they? But, it's more likely that the cost of doing business will come down to a reasonable ask.
A second-round pick or a third-round pick for a 31-year-old WR with a no-trade clause will be a starter. It's possible another mid-round or late-round draft pick, or even a player, could be added to sweeten the deal.
It really shouldn't be hard to come to a deal quickly for the 10-year vet. If the Bears want to give Fields another weapon on the outside, Hopkins is a name they should certainly explore.