Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien addressed his highly-criticized offseason moves in a nearly hour-long conversation with media members Thursday morning.
Before fielding any questions, O’Brien repeated what he’s said about trading DeAndre Hopkins being in the best interest of the team.
O’Brien was then probed to explain this line of thinking, since the All-Pro Hopkins was traded for running back David Johnson and the 40th overall pick in this year’s draft.
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Johnson has not been an elite player since 2016. And the belief among fans and media is that trading a player of Hopkins’ caliber, at age 27, should at least yield at first round draft pick.
O’Brien explained the uniqueness of trading Hopkins — a player with three years, $40 million left on his current deal — and the limited potential trade partners in that scenario.
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