DeAndre Hopkins has received two offers from the teams he’s visited– the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans. Rumor has it the Titans offer is more aggressive which may be why the DeAndre Hopkins next team odds at DraftKings has Tennessee as a heavy favorite, but the odds for the Kansas City Chiefs are not far behind.
With training camp right around the corner, it would make sense for someone to get him signed sooner rather than later. But Hopkins has said he is in no rush and wants another team to join the conversation. That team may be the Kansas City Chiefs.
Next Team Odds for DeAndre Hopkins
The following list contains the odds for the top half of the DraftKings betting board. Odds are current as of June 21:
- Tennessee Titans -120
- Kansas City Chiefs +175
- New England Patriots +250
- Buffalo Bills +1500
- Detroit Lions +3000
- Cleveland Browns +3000
- Houston Texans +3500
- Dallas Cowboys +3500
- Chicago Bears +4000
- Philadelphia Eagles +4500
- Seattle Seahawks +6000
- New York Jets +6000
- Carolina Panthers +6000
- New Orleans Saints +6000
- Miami Dolphins +8000
- New York Giants +8000
Much of the talk has focused on the New England Patriots in recent weeks, which is why the Patriots were listed as the betting favorite to acquire Hopkins. But there has been a massive shift recently, as Tennessee has become a heavy favorite to land the talented wide receiver.
He was listed at +500 Tuesday and -300 Wednesday afternoon. But as of Friday afternoon, they are -120. That still makes the Titans a heavy favorite, but the rapid change in the Chiefs price sheds some doubt that the future for Hopkins is in Tennessee.
Earlier in the week, the Chiefs had just a 6.67% chance of signing Hopkins (+1400). While the focus has been on the Hopkins possibly going to the Titans this week, the odds for the Chiefs have gotten shorter with each passing day. Tennessee still has a better than 50% chance of acquiring Hopkins, but the Chiefs now have gone from 6.67% to 36.36%.
Is there something concrete tying him to the Chiefs? Not yet. But many analysts think Hopkins is just waiting for the Chiefs to free up enough contract space to make him an offer.
How Important Is Winning A Super Bowl For Hopkins?
While the need is apparent for the Titans and Patriots, if Hopkins is interested in playing for a Super Bowl contender, neither team fits that description. New England’s Super Bowl 58 odds are as long as +6600 giving them a 1.49% implied probability. Tennessee’s odds are even higher, with the longest at some of the top sportsbooks being +15000.
That gives them just a 0.66% implied probability.
But the Kansas City Chiefs do fit the bill, having played in three of the last four Super Bowls and the last five AFC title games.
Kansas City has not had him in for a visit or anything official like that, but they have been in contact with him. However, a lack of salary cap space could become an issue. According to Spotrac.com, the Chiefs currently have less than $1 million in cap space. But if they can convince Hopkins to sign for less than what other teams are offering, they’ll figure out how to create enough space.
DeAndre Hopkins Next Team Odds: Best Bets and Long Shots/Value Picks
Factoring in who has the space or could easily create the space to sign him, teams that have expressed interest and those who have said they are not, and pre-existing relationships, these are our best bets:
Tennessee Titans -120
He could easily go to a team with a better quarterback, but Hopkins knows Mike Vrabel. If Vrabel can convince him that the Titans are a WR1 away from being a Super Bowl contender, he may land in Tennessee. But can Vrabel do it? Defenses will have to respect the passing game with Hopkins and Treylon Burks. The more they respect the passing game, the easier it will be for Derrick Henry to get rolling.
Once that happens, defenses are in trouble and the Titans are winning games. While Tennessee does not look like a contender now, maybe they become one by adding Hopkins.
New England Patriots +250
The Patriots are not ready to contend for the AFC East title let alone Super Bowl 58, which makes it surprising that Hopkins is considering signing with them. But the odds give New England a 54.55% chance, which is hard to ignore.
Kansas City Chiefs +175
Hopkins has made over $100 million during his NFL career. It is understandable, of course, if he wants to sign with a team that can pay him more. But if he wants a good shot at winning Super Bowl 58, he’ll sign a one-year deal with the Chiefs.
Our Pick: the Chiefs