This article means to break down the fallout of the DeAndre Hopkins trade specifically as it pertains to the Houston offense. Before it's over, the 2020 projections for Deshaun Watson, David Johnson, Duke Johnson, Will Fuller, and Kenny Stills will all be discussed.
Bill O'Brien is an innovator in the unthinkable, each of his feats more spellbinding than the last. Trading a third-round pick for Duke Johnson just to bench him for Carlos Hyde, trading Jadeveon Clowney for a special teams linebacker, coughing up two first-round picks for Laremy Tunsil right before he gets a record-setting contract – these accomplishments were once the sort of thing that would capture our awe, but O'Brien's work in Monday's opening of free agency has raised the bar to a galactic height.
Indeed, Bill-O set out Monday to make his past work look feeble in comparison, and by trading DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals he did just that. O'Brien flexed his inconceivably powerful brain muscles until Arizona general manager Steve Keim submitted under his might, accepting O'Brien's offer of Hopkins plus a fourth-round pick for a second-round pick, a 2021 fourth-round pick, and David Johnson's toxic, $14.16 million cap hit. You can believe Johnson still has something left – let's just assume he does – but Arizona was in no position to hold onto a backup running back with a $14 million salary, so when adjusting for leverage capital and the cap hit, it's basically as if