"To be able to get a player of his caliber and to add to the weapons that we already possess, I feel like he can certainly take us to the next level," General manager Steve Keim told reporters.
Hopkins did nothing but produce in seven years with the Texans. He's averaged a bit more than 100 catches, 1,300 yards and nine touchdowns over the past five seasons, while earning three consecutive All-Pro nods. Houston coach/GM Bill O'Brien said the impetus for dealing the 27-year-old superstar was his desire for a new deal. Hopkins has three years and about $40 million remaining on his current one.
It's a matter that Keim noted he's already broached with Hopkins' agent.
"If it makes our organization better, and it's an opportunity that arises," Keim said, "we'll certainly do that."