Are the Chicago Bears a likely landing spot for recently released DeAndre Hopkins?

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In a shocking turn of events, maybe not too surprising, the Arizona Cardinals have released DeAndre Hopkins. The two sides have been in a deadlock most of the offseason and there was no secret that Hopkins wanted out of the rebuild in Arizona. I don't think the Cardinals wanted to pay him $30 million in 2023 either. Instead, they released him and took a $22 million dead cap hit. Obviously, this means the Cardinals were unable to trade the star wide receiver. Now that he's hit the open market, which teams are likely landing spots? Are the Chicago Bears on this list?

While the addition of D.J. Moore is fantastic, would any Chicago Bears fan say that Ryan Poles should stick with Chase Claypool and Darnell Mooney over DeAndre Hopkins? Hopkins is nearly 31 years old and has not played a full season in two years due to injuries and a PED suspension. That should not stop teams from wanting to sign him though.

Will the Chicago Bears pursue DeAndre Hopkins in free agency?

Last year, Hopkins played in nine games and finished with 717 yards. Although his touchdown numbers were low at three, he had eight touchdowns in 10 games just the season before. Throughout his 10-year career, Hopkins has finished with more than 1,100 yards in six seasons -- one of those seasons was over 1,400 yards and two others were over 1,500 yards. Hopkins has hit double-digit touchdowns three times in his career. Despite his age, he'd be a massive upgrade over both Claypool and Mooney.

My assumtion is that DeAndre Hopkins will want to land with a Super Bowl contender. However, money talks. Let's take a look at the teams most likely to land Hopkins in free agency.