As the team reported for training camp Saturday, though, neither superstar was available.
The former Clemson standout still has two more years remaining on his rookie deal, however, and most teams make it a policy not to renegotiate contracts until the final year.
Hopkins carried Bill O'Brien's smoke-and-mirrors offense last season, becoming the first wide receiver in NFL history to break the 100-yard barrier with four different starting quarterbacks in the same season.
Here's what else we learned from Saturday's action in training camps around the league:
The dotted line
- Speaking of turnarounds, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has gone from the hot seat to the catbird seat in Oakland. Owner Mark Davis revealed that McKenzie has been rewarded with a four-year contract extension after drafting nucleus players Derek Carr, Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper and surrounding them with quality veterans. McKenzie earned the new deal by proving that he could reconstruct the roster after deconstructing it following the passing of Raiders legend Al Davis.
Coming and going
"I just wanted to show up and be a great teammate," Bennett said. "No distractions for the team. I just want to be a Seahawk for the rest of my life. That's the most important thing."
- The 49ers received a mix of good news and bad. Offensive tackle Anthony Davis reported to the team on Saturday, ending his one-year hiatus from football. In a corresponding move, San Francisco placed nose tackle Ian Williams on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List, ending his season. The most disruptive force on the 49ers defensive line last season, Williams underwent multiple surgeries on his left ankle during the offseason.
"We're going to support Aldon from the standpoint of the person," McKenzie explained. "Whether he comes back to us or not, it has no bearing. We told him from Day 1, we care more about you than the player. So whatever he does to ensure his health, we're going to stand behind him."
Odds and ends
"I just think the approach, the denial of everything. Looking me in my eye and denying everything, it's tough," Roethlisberger said of Bryant. "It disappoints you as a man and a guy who cared so much about him. I obviously care a lot about him as a person and a football player."