Baltimore Ravens Rumors: DeAndre Hopkins wants to play with Lamar Jackson

Baltimore Ravens, DeAndre Hopkins
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This offseason, the Baltimore Ravens have done quite a bit to overhaul their offensive skill position group, specifically at wide receiver.

It was all part of the plan, of course, to help keep quarterback Lamar Jackson around for the long haul. Before the Jackson contract was signed, the Ravens of course signed veteran free agent Odell Beckham Jr., who is a good friend of Jackson.

Beyond Beckham, the Ravens drafted Zay Flowers in the first round, giving Jackson another electric weapon in the passing game. But, could yet another prolific weapon be coming soon?

Current Arizona Cardinals wide receiver and 3-time All Pro selection, DeAndre Hopkins, is going to be traded or released before too long. He's not going to suit up in Arizona for the 2023 season. We know that much is true, and Hopkins has been pretty public about the "next chapter" of his career starting soon.

He's gone on public radio shows and podcasts, throughout the offseason, talking about his next move, too. The most recent one was Monday when he appeared on the I Am Athlete Podcast, and was asked about his top five quarterbacks he'd love to catch passes from.

DeAndre Hopkins mentioned Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson on a guy he wants to play with before he retires

Hopkins starts out by talking about Josh Allen, noting that he has been watching Allen since he entered the league and compared him to a new age Andrew Luck.

He went on to mention Jalen Hurts and Patrick Mahomes, who would both present lethal situations for opposing defenses. But then, Hopkins brings up Jackson as his number four guy.

"Number four, I'm gonna have to go with... I gotta go with the underdog. Not a lot of people respect this guy as a throwing quarterback... Lamar Jackson," Hopkins said.

Hopkins said those words in a way that felt like he'd be out to help Jackson prove something to the world if he signed in Baltimore, noting that not everyone trusts in his being a passing quarterback. Having weaponry like Beckham, Flowers and then Hopkins? Sheesh, that ought to do the trick.

There is no doubt Jackson would be in for a career year if the Ravens somehow landed Hopkins. We'll have to keep our eyes peeled for the Cardinals to finally make a decision, and hopefully it comes soon before training camp inches closer.

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