HC Cardinals DeAndre Hopkins release by Jonathan Gannon

Thursday's Arizona Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon addressed DeAndre Hopkins' release.

"Yeah, all the factors were in play, and we just thought it was best for the team to play with who we have."

On May 22, Cardinals website writer Darren Urban wrote that Hopkins spent the early days of optional structured team activities away from the club.

Before the Memorial Day weekend, Gannon stated he was "not worried about Hop," but Arizona released the three-time First-Team All-Pro.

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray is recovering from knee surgery and may miss half of the 2023 season. 

Arizona will start journeyman veteran Colt McCoy in September after not signing a big-name fill-in this offseason. Thus, NBC Sports' Peter King believes the Cardinals will stink this season for 2024 or 2025. 

"What I’m looking for is to play...winning football as a team," Gannon said. "Not just the receiver room. 

Tight ends, O-line, quarterback, running back, defense, special teams, kicker. Never has or will football be about one player. We must contribute." 

Since he joined Arizona in February, Gannon can't say the team isn't serious about making the playoffs. 

 While Gannon surely wishes the organization could've found a trade partner for the veteran receiver who turns 31 next week


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