The DeAndre Hopkins trade was so lopsided it wouldn't even go through in 'Madden'

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Texans coach and general manager Bill O'Brien was criticized heavily after trading away star receiver DeAndre Hopkins.

The final deal, according to reports:

  • Texans: Give up DeAndre Hopkins, 2020 4th-round pick

  • Cardinals: Give up David Johnson, 2020 2nd-round pick, 2021 4th-round pick

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I decided to run the trade through "Madden NFL 20," acting as the Cardinals. Because if I acted as the Texans, then there's no doubt the trade would go through. But I wanted to see if video game Bill O'Brien would be willing to part with his star receiver like real-life Bill O'Brien was.

Turns out the answer is no.

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As some pointed out, I even forgot to update the rosters before doing this, so the trade I gave Houston was a better deal. The trade I sent was based on the initial ratings launch, back when Johnson still had promise. He was an 87 rating at launch, and dropped to 77 overall by the time the season was over. Also, Hopkins downgraded from 99 overall to 98 overall.

A Twitter user who saw my tweet sent me an updated version, and yep, still declined.

Maybe the Texans should have tested the Madden waters before sending their offer to Arizona.

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