The Texans are expected to take on all of Johnson's salary, as he signed a three-year, $39 million contract extension in 2018. That leads to cap hits of $10.2 million in 2020 and $7.9 million in 2021. Houston also sent a late round draft pick to Arizona, as they get a second-round pick and a fourth-round selection in return.
Hopkins is set to make $14 million in 2020, $15 million in 2021, and $13.9 million in 2022, as the Cardinals add a four-time Pro Bowl threat for second-year quarterback Kyler Murray. The wideout is coming off his third consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season with another young quarterback in Deshaun Watson, who is currently left without a legitimate weapon. That could leave some to believe that the Texans will stay in state and target Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper. Hopkins reached double digit touchdown numbers in three of his seven seasons in Houston, and had 104 catches with seven touchdowns in 2019.
The Texans are hoping that Johnson will be able to solidify their backfield even more as they have missed out on Carlos Hyde, Lamar Miller, and Duke Johnson due to injuries and free agency. With the Cardinals, Johnson recorded 715 all-purpose yards on 130 touches, including 345 on the ground and 370 through the air. He found the end zone six times, but has seen his production go down tremendously since his 1,239-yard 2016 season, as he has not reached 1,000 yards since. He got the closest to that mark in 2018 with 940 yards, as he has dealt with a fractured wrist and ankle issues over the past few seasons. Although, he will quickly go back to being the top option in the backfield for a team that now has to find another weapon to go deep for Watson.