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Cardinals trade David Johnson to Texans for WR DeAndre Hopkins, per report

Katherine Fitzgerald
Arizona Republic
The Arizona Cardinals' David Johnson is one of the highest paid running backs in the NFL.

The Cardinals and the Texans agreed Monday to a blockbuster trade involving Arizona running back David Johnson and Houston wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, per reports. 

The Cardinals are sending Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick to Houston, per John McClain of The Houston Chronicle. Arizona will receive Hopkins and a fourth-round pick.

Hopkins, a 2013 first-round draft pick, had 1,165 receiving yards and seven touchdowns last season. He has been First-Team All-Pro each of the last three seasons and has led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2017, with 13. He played in college at Clemson. 

The Cardinals also announced Monday that they have placed the transition tag on running back Kenyan Drake.

Arizona Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake (41) stiff-arms Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Mike Hilton (28) during the first quarter at State Farm Stadium December 8, 2019.

Drake can negotiate a long-term contract with other teams through July 22. The Cardinals would have right-of-first-refusal on any offer he receives from another team, but would not receive compensation if the contract is not matched.

In eight games with the Cardinals, Drake led Arizona with 643 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns on 123 carries. He was traded from Miami mid-season. 

Johnson was injured for part of the 2019 season, and Drake continued to start once Johnson returned. In 13 games, he rushed for 345 yards and two touchdowns, and he tacked on 370 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. 

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