As trade rumors circulate, Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins appeared to make it exceedingly clear that money is not the source of tension between him and his team.
"'Hopkins doesn't want a raise,' - Nuk," tweeted Hopkins on Sunday.
His family gave him the nickname "Nuk" when he was an infant, and it appears he resorted to referring to himself in the third person to combat the rumors.
Hopkins signed a two-year, $54.5 million contract extension in 2020 that extends through the 2024 season.
Hopkins is presently the third-highest paid wide receiver in the NFL, with an average annual value of $27.275 million, trailing only Miami's Tyreek Hill and Las Vegas's Davante Adams.
Hopkins, 30 years old, had 64 receptions for 717 yards and three touchdowns in nine games last season.
While serving a suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances, he missed the first six games of the '22 season.
Four NFL teams were presented to him, and he was instructed to react to each of the potential trade destinations using only his body language.
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