Hopkins ‘had no relationship’ with O’Brien before the Cardinals trade

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Changed 21 April 2020, 23:30 IST

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DeAndre Hopkins

DeAndre Hopkins insists he had nothing to do with Houston Texans head coach Bill O’Brien before being traded to the Star Wide receiver in the Arizona Cardinals.

Hopkins traded surprise to the Cardinals last month for a second-round pick’s paltry return and running back David Johnson.

The former has had three consecutive 1,000-yard campaigns, including a first-round pick and five overall in his seven seasons in the NFL.

Later, it was claimed that relations between Hopkins and O’Brien had deteriorated in the wake of a meeting, where the coach severely terminated the former New England Patriots and brought in convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez.

Hopkins was stubborn in his response when asked about O’Brien during an interview with Sports Illustrated.

“There was no relationship,” Hopkins said. “Make sure you put it there about there is not much to say.”

The three-time first-team All-Pro revealed that he knew that “asking to raise something” would lead to O’Brien, who worked as a Texas de-facto general manager, trying to trade him.

“Which is the result I wanted,” he explained.

Hopkins will go from a talented young man to a dual-threat quarterback to another while moving to Arizona.

He expects to make the same connection with Killer Mara, the best in the first row of last year, which he had with Deshawn Watson.

Hopkins is confident, though, that Watson will continue to play at a high level and adds: “The Patriots are going to wonder without me.”