Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray admitted he was in disbelief after his team managed to acquire four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins this offseason. In what has been one of the most shocking and surprising trades of this offseason, the Cardinals sent running back David Johnson, a second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-rounder in exchange for Hopkins and a fourth round pick.
“I didn’t believe it,” Murray said this week on ESPN, via Dana Scott of the Arizona Republic. “As soon as I was told, I went to YouTube and watched his highlights. Obviously, I know a lot about DeAndre, watching him for years.
I didn’t believe it." Murray, the No. 1 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft, knew the trade was about to go down before anyone else but still he couldn't believe it when it actually happened. "I knew it two weeks before and I still didn’t believe it until they tweeted it and it got announced,” Murray said.
“I had a smile from ear to ear. Obviously, getting to work with him a couple weeks ago, great dude, loves to play football and I’m excited to have him”.
Meanwhile, Rob Gronkowski insists reuniting with Tom Brady in Tampa Bay wasn't planned
Tom Brady, 42, declined to sign a new contract with the New England Patriots this offseason and instead opted to sign a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Last offseason, three-time Super Bowl champion Gronkowski retired from professional football but decided to make a comeback just a year later after healing and recovering from several injuries. Five-time Pro Bowl tight end Gronkowski was willing to come out of retirement this offseason but his goal was clear -- reunite with Brady after the quarterback signed with the Buccaneers.
"No, no, that actually was never the case," Gronkowski told WEEI when asked if playing in Tampa together was their plan, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. "As a player, you always want to see what it is like somewhere else.
(I) thought of that before, definitely after playing nine years in the NFL and I also thought about it when I came out of retirement. "This is an opportunity to go see what it's like somewhere else, to go see what it's like in the NFL on another squad.
There's so many players that bounce around on so many different teams. I loved my time in New England, no doubt about it. But it was another opportunity that presented. "But no, we never really talked about that before. It kind of just happened. (With) my retirement and him hitting free agency, it just kind of lined up like that."