Watson missed the first 12 games of the season while serving a suspension for gross sexual misconduct, but Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski recently confirmed the franchise’s commitment to Watson as the starting quarterback.
Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot says that’s “not impossible” in her latest mailbag asking about Hopkins’ availability.
“The Browns would have what it takes from an exchange standpoint, but probably wouldn’t want to pay Hopkins, 30, his base salaries for 2023 and 2024, about $20 million and $15 million,” Cabot wrote.
“If the two sides were interested in a deal, he’d likely have to restructure his contract. An older, high-priced receiver doesn’t really fit the Browns’ profile, but Hopkins still has plenty in the tank and a natural connection with Watson. It seems unlikely, but not impossible.”
The Browns finished last place in the AFC North. Watson finished his abbreviated season with 99 completions on 170 attempts for 1,102 yards, seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He added 36 rushes for 175 yards and one touchdown on the ground, as well.