Houston is also sending a fourth-round pick to Arizona in exchange for running back David Johnson, a second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-rounder.
It's a massive deal that has widespread repercussions.
The Cardinals picked up one of the best receivers in football to pair with Larry Fitzgerald and rising wideout Christian Kirk. Arizona headed into the offseason looking to add a stud wideout to the group. Most figured they'd pluck one from the draft. Instead, Arizona added one of the best veteran pass-catchers in the entire NFL.
In seven seasons in Houston, Nuk compiled 8,602 receiving yards, including five years over the 1,100-yard receiving mark. He was Deshaun Watson's go-to receiver and a third-down menace. For a team that has struggled to stay healthy at wideout outside of Hopkins, replacing him will be difficult in Houston. The Texans' current receiver corps is led by Kenny Stills and Will Fuller.
After making a slew of trades last year siphoned of their draft capital, it's likely O'Brien viewed Hopkins as the team's best tradable asset. In return, he got two picks, including a second-rounder.
Since signing his big-money deal in 2018, the 28-year-old running back has lived in Strugglesville. In 2018, he lacked pop coming off a wrist injury, earning just 3.6 yards per carry on 258 totes. Last season, despite Kliff Kingsbury taking over, Johnson could never find the juice as he dealt with injury and ineffective play.
Watching Kenyan Drake explode in Kingsbury's offense underscored Johnson's struggles. His contract, however, was considered too inconvenient to move. Arizona, however, found a willing partner in Houston.
Playing in the best division in football, Arizona now sports an offense with Murray, Hopkins, Fitzgerald, Kirk, and possibly Drake. That's some hellish toys Kingsbury can play with.