During the offseason, one of the most discussed names for the NY Giants was DeAndre Hopkins, especially after he was released by the Arizona Cardinals. When the Cardinals released Hopkins back in May, everyone felt the writing was on the wall for the Giants to pursue the long-time veteran wide receiver, as the Giants didn’t have a “true No. 1 receiver” on the roster.
Of course, this was also before the preseason began and without seeing Darren Waller or Jalin Hyatt take a snap on offense. Not long ago, Hopkins signed with the Tennessee Titans on a two-year, $26 million deal. When Hopkins signed, many felt that contract would be out of the Giants interest given they were trying to negotiate new deals with Dexter Lawrence, Andrew Thomas and Saquon Barkley.
In a recent interview with GQ Sports, Hopkins admitted that his representatives had called the Giants with interest, but the Giants passed on pursuing him.
DeAndre Hopkins listed several teams who passed on trying to sign him
"There were some teams that I had on my list that I gave them calls and they didn’t give a call back. Detroit Lions, they didn’t want me. Dallas Cowboys didn’t want me. Giants didn’t want me. S**t. Who else ain’t want me? San Fran ain’t want me."- DeAndre Hopkins via GQ
Hopkins also admitted that he has some extra motivation if he is playing against the Giants, Cowboys, Lions and 49ers because they decided to pass on him and cited that he wants to crush them on the field.
For Hopkins' sake, he would have to either wait until the 2024 season or potentially, the Super Bowl, if he were hoping to get revenge against any of those four teams since the Titans don’t play any of them in the regular season. The Giants did, though, beat the Titans one year ago in Week 1 in a thrilling game that jump-started NY's season and ended with a playoff berth.
It is unclear why the Giants decided to pass on Hopkins with him being interested. The salary cap restraints the Giants had could certainly be why. Passing on Hopkins could also have to do with the failures the Giants experienced with Kenny Golladay, who was released back in March after two disappointing seasons.
In the end, Hopkins has another chance to have success in the league with Tennessee after a rather disappointing end with the Cardinals. Meanwhile, the Giants' focus is trying to make the playoffs for the second-straight season and building off the success they had in 2022.