The two were teammates with the Texans and both are Clemson alums, but Watson explained that the two have been friends since the signal-caller was coming out of high school and the two have regularly spoken ever since—including now, as the wide receiver explores his options as a free agent.
“I know it’s a lot of things swirling around in the media, you know, [about] him possibly coming to Cleveland,” Watson said. “For me, my answer to that is of course we’d love to have him. He knows that.”
In a shocking move on Friday, the Cardinals released Hopkins after months of trade rumors swirled online. The five-time All-Pro bid farewell to Arizona and is now looking for a new home, but it’s unclear where he’s leaning toward.
He only appeared in nine games this past season after serving a six-game suspension to start the year for violating the league’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. In those nine appearances, he tallied 64 catches for 717 yards and three touchdowns.