2. Signing DeAndre Hopkins would negatively impact the future
With the idea of a possible acquisition of Hopkins for the Giants, it would make for a clear path that he would be the clear No. 1 option at wide receiver.
His command of the ball in the offense likely takes away from potential targets from young receivers like Jalin Hyatt, the third-round pick of the Giants in the 2023 NFL Draft, and Bryce Ford-Wheaton, the undrafted free agent (UDFA) signing during the weekend of the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Giants already have brought back Darius Slayton, who has been Daniel Jones' most consistent and productive wide receiver since 2019. They also signed Parris Campbell, who when healthy, is also a viable option. They also have Wan'Dale Robinson and Sterling Shepard returning from injuries, although if and when they will be available remains to be seen.
Then there's the emergence of Isaiah Hodgins, who in the second half of the 2022 season, became the most productive receiver on the Giants and was a big reason why the Giants were able to make the playoffs and won their NFC Wild Card game against the Minnesota Vikings. Eight catches, 105 yards and one touchdown for Hodgins vs. the Vikings was awesome to see.
Hodgins is expected to get better and build off that productive 2022 season. And not to mention, the Giants also traded for Darren Waller, who while being a tight end, plays like a wide receiver and is a deep threat like a wide receiver. So with all that said, those options likely have potential catches and targets taken away with someone like Hopkins here.
And because of what Kenny Golladay did to many of the fans around this team, you'd really have to wonder what version of Hopkins the Giants would be getting? Is it the Hopkins who can still put up those dominant seasons in his prime, or is it the 31-year-old WR whose decline has begun? Is that really a chance the Giants can afford to take?