New Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins was not surprised the Houston Texans traded him in March.

Talking to reporters though a conference call for the first time since his trade to the Cardinals was finalized Wednesday, Hopkins said he heard rumors about potentially being traded as early as the start of the 2019 season.

Hopkins was in Los Angeles working out with Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones on the morning of March 16 when he started hearing about a potential trade and that the Cardinals could be the destination.

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When Hopkins was traded to Arizona last month, ESPN’s Ed Werder reported that Hopkins had wanted to restructure his contract in Houston to earn in the range of $18 million to $20 million annually.

Hopkins is set to earn $12.5 million in 2020, $13.5 million in 2021 and $13.9 million in 2022, the last three seasons of his current deal.

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