After a forgettable 2022 NFL season, the Arizona Cardinals entered the offseason with plans to shake things up in a bid to turn the tide for the struggling franchise.
The team parted ways with head coach Kliff Kingsbury, general manager Steve Keim and saw superstar defensive end JJ Watt retire after a short stint with the team.
Along with all of these moves, the team is reportedly looking for a business partner for superstar receiver DeAndre Hopkins.
With so much going on in recent months and an unresolved Hopkins, new head coach Jonathan Gannon chose not to speak to the media during the 2023 NFL Draft, where the team made a number of questionable moves. .
According to ESPN’s Josh Weinfuss, an NFL head coach who doesn’t speak to the media during the draft is something that doesn’t happen.
Interesting move from the Cardinals in the draft: Head coach Jonathan Gannon hasn’t spoken to the media after three days.
The first time this happened, that I can remember, in my 12 drafts.
—Josh Weinfuss (@joshweinfuss) April 29, 2023
With the Cardinals being a bit of a mess during this transition period, Gannon may have opted out of speaking to the media to avoid distractions on a hectic day for the franchise.
The Cardinals’ next agenda is likely to find a new home for Hopkins and get as much compensation as possible for the five-time All-Pro wide receiver.
Usually a team would want to move a marquee player like this before the draft, with draft compensation almost certainly involved in any trade package.
That didn’t happen, and it will be interesting to see where Hopkins ultimately lands and what Arizona gets in exchange for the veteran.
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