Andre Johnson On DeAndre Hopkins Trade: Winning Is Only Way To Get Past It

Brandon Scott
April 03, 2020 - 4:04 am

(SportsRadio 610) -- Texans legend Andre Johnson said he's probably spoken to DeAndre Hopkins 20 times since the team traded their best receiver to the Arizona Cardinals last month. 

The trade has been widely criticized. Given Johnson's role as a special advisor for the Texans, and his close relationship with his former teammate Hopkins, it stands to reason that Johnson might have some insight. 

Still, Johnson appeared on Pat McAfee's podcast earlier in the week and said he was not sure why Hopkins was traded.

There have been reports Hopkins wanted a raise from the roughly $40 million over three years remaining on his current deal. There were also reports of tension between Hopkins and Bill O'Brien, the Texans head coach and general manager.

When asked about the expectations for the Texans this upcoming season, Johnson had this to say:

"The expectation is always to win. I think everybody now is just kind of torn with the trade and stuff happening. But the only way you can get past that is by going out and winning games. You can’t change it. It’s something that already happened. You just have to move on from it. You hate to lose a guy like DeAndre. DeAndre is like a little brother to me. I’ve talked to him probably like 20 times since this whole thing has happened. It’s part of the business and you just have to move on from it."

Hopkins was traded to the Cardinals on March 16 for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick (40th overall in 2020).

For now, the Texans receiving corps is led by the oft-injured Will Fuller, Kenny Stills and Randall Cobb, who they agreed to sign the same day Hopkins was traded.