The Buffalo Bills have frequently been named as a potential destination for DeAndre Hopkins. The Cardinals wideout has been on the trade block for some time now and an addition at the position is expected on the Bills’ part either on the trade front or at the draft.
Von Miller –- who was active in trying to recruit Odell Beckham Jr. to Buffalo last offseason -– is again pushing for a significant wide receiver move. Fueling that effort is his belief that Hopkins is eyeing a move to the Bills, something which the latter recently alluded to.
“You got a lot of guys coming in and out [of offseason workouts],” Miller said, via Nick Wojton of BillsWire. “I talk to Hop all the time. It’s kind of like the same thing with OBJ, you just never know until you know.”
“Hop said he wanted to be Buffalo Bill – and you just never know until you get that DeAndre Hopkins signature on a contract. I’m not sure of what circumstances are or what’s going on with that. I would love to see DeAndre Hopkins be here.”
The Bills are in need of a wideout to ease Stefon Diggs‘ workload and they also represent a contender, something which is important for Hopkins as he prepares for a potential trade and adjusted contract. Fitting him in at his current 2023 cap hit ($29.9M) would be highly difficult given Buffalo’s current financial situation, but Miller’s recruitment could theoretically help convince Hopkins to play his role in green-lighting a move.
Here are a few other notes from Orchard Park:
- Miller, himself, is the subject of plenty of questions heading into 2023. The 34-year-old is coming off a torn ACL which cut short his debut season in Buffalo, the first season on a six-year, $120M contract which brought him to the Bills. Miller said he has yet to resume football activities, but remains confident at this point in his rehab that he will be available “early in the season” (Twitter link via NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe). That falls in line with the team’s expectation dating back to January. Miller’s importance to the Bills’ pass rush means his return will be highly anticipated, but also that he surely won’t be rushed back to the field.
- Voluntary workouts started this week for Buffalo, meaning that tracking their attendance was a notable exercise. Diggs was among the absentees, as stated by Bills general manager Brandon Beane (via Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic, on Twitter). Many players skip the opening of offseason programs as part of ongoing contract disputes, but that should not be the case with Diggs given the four-year, $96M extension he signed last offseason. The decision by the 29-year-old to stay away from the team hasn’t led to any nagging speculation as of yet and missed time at this point in the spring is not usually harmful for star players, at least from an on-the-field perspective. Diggs should be expected to join the team in the near future, though.
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Publish Date:2023-04-22 10:55:42