New England Patriots can't let DeAndre Hopkins sign with the Titans

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The Tennessee Titans appear to be betting favorites to sign wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, but the New England Patriots simply cannot let that happen. I am baffled, to say the least, that the Titans are increasingly looking like the favorites to sign DeAndre Hopkins. They are a horrid team at the moment and have absolutely no business making this type of move.

With them and the New England Patriots looking like the only two teams in the running to sign Hopkins, the Pats may not have a ton of competition for his services, which the Pats' offense desperately needs. Now, if Hopkins were to sign with a true contender like the Buffalo Bills or Kansas City Chiefs, I really couldn't be mad about that.

If D-Hop decided he wanted to forego money for a legitimate chance to win a Super Bowl, there's nothing really the Pats could do there. It'd be a very understandable move by the future Hall of Famer. However, neither the Bills nor Chiefs look like viable teams to sign Hopkins at this moment. All of the reports, rumors, and otherwise indicate that the Patriots and Titans are the two teams with the most genuine interest.

Well, what exactly are the Titans trying to accomplish here? They collapsed last year and missed the playoffs. Their offense was inefficient and their defense was middle of the road. Ryan Tannehill was not nearly as prolific as a passer and the offensive line was putrid.

And it's not like the Titans got appreciably better this offseason. In fact, they got worse, parting with and not re-signing quality veterans like Ben Jones, Nate Davis, Taylor Lewan, and others. They have a new GM in town, Ran Carthon, who also drafted a QB in Will Levis in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft.

The Titans are clearly a team in transition, so again I ask, what are they trying to accomplish by signing Hopkins? They are fools if they think signing him would give them a fighting chance in the loaded AFC. The New England Patriots are in a much better position roster-wise to make a move like this, and you can easily argue that the Patriots would have a better chance in the AFC with DeAndre Hopkins than the Titans would.

Under no circumstances should the Patriots be outbid by the Titans for DeAndre Hopkins. If Hopkins does decide to chase the money and the Titans are offering more, I guess there's nothing really the Pats could do then, but my goodness, Tennessee is likely finishing with less wins than they did last year.

The New England Patriots need to kick up the aggression.