DeAndre Hopkins, once the best wide receiver in the NFL who was the subject of trade rumors in recent months, has been released by the Arizona Cardinals after 3 seasons with the team.

Hopkins is a 3-time All-Pro and 5-time Pro Bowl selection whose last 1,000-yard campaign came in 2020 when he made 115 catches for 1,407 yards and 6 touchdowns. Last season, he made 64 catches in 9 games for 717 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Overall, Hopkins produced 221 receptions for 2,696 yards and 17 touchdowns in 35 games with the Cardinals.

Hopkins, who was suspended to start last season because he tested positive for a banned substance, received trade interest from the likes of the Buffalo Bills and New England Patriots, but he was set to make $19.5 million this year and due another $14.9 million next year.

Hopkins in his last season at Clemson in 2012 made 82 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns in 13 games.

Hopkins spent his first 7 seasons with the Houston Texans before he was traded in 2020 for running back David Johnson and a second-round pick. The trade was immediately criticized as one of the most lopsided trades in recent NFL history.