Patriots Have Called About DeAndre Hopkins and Jerry Jeudy; Monitoring Odell Beckham Jr. Market
After losing wide receiver Jakobi Meyers to the Raiders on Tuesday, Bill Belichick and the Patriots are searching for a new weapon for Mac Jones. That search reportedly involves DeAndre Hopkins, Jerry Jeudy, and Odell Beckham Jr.
Jeff Howe (who covers the Patriots for The Athletic) reported this afternoon that the Patriots have called the Cardinals and Broncos about Hopkins and Jeudy. How also said that the Patriots attended Odell Beckham Jr.’s workout last week in Arizona.
Meyers signed a three-year, $33 million deal with the Raiders. Now the Patriots are searching elsewhere for their replacement. Hopkins has reportedly been on the trade block since the season ended, but no asking price is known.
Regarding Jerry Jeudy, Howe reported that the Broncos asking price has been at least a first-round pick.
As far as OBJ goes, he is a free agent and can sign with anyone he pleases. However, he is reportedly asking for upwards of $20 million in a new deal.
Hopkins turns 31 in June and missed time last season due to a suspension. Even so, he finished the season with 64 catches, 717 yards, and three touchdowns for the Cardinals. Bill Belichick made it clear to DeAndre Hopkins how highly he thinks of him in December. In a moment captured by NFL Films, Belichick said, “you missed half the season and still going to lead the league in receiving.”
Jeudy will turn 24 next month and caught 67 passes for 972 yards and six touchdowns. Jeudy is the better long-term option for the Patriots, but the ask may be too rich for Belichick’s blood.
The same goes for OBJ, who tore his ACL for a second time during the Rams Super Bowl LVI victory over the Bengals in February 2022 and hasn’t played since.