NFL Insider believes Bill O’Brien changed the league forever

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There’s a domino effect that’s been happening in the NFL over the past few weeks.

The quarterback market was very active after Russell Wilson was traded to the Denver Broncos and Aaron Rodgers stayed with the Green Bay Packers.

Tom Brady’s return from a brief retirement will also help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers retain some of their starters.

Elite wide receivers also changed uniforms when Tyreek Hill joined the Miami Dolphins and Davante Adams signed with the Las Vegas Raiders.

The 2022 free agency period has dramatically changed the landscape of the NFL in terms of player movement and salaries.

But the mobility in today’s league could be attributed to a shocking development that happened two years ago.

NFL reporter Bill Barnwell said, “The fact that Bill O’Brien quit DeAndre Hopkins changed the whole landscape of the NFL.”

This random move started the Houston Texans’ fall from division champions to doormats.

Worse, the Texans only got a 2020 fourth-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick, a 2021 fourth-round pick and running back David Johnson.

The previous year, Houston finished the regular season with a 10-6 record.

In 2020, the Texans finished 4-12 and O’Brien was fired after four games.

In contrast, Hopkins’ arrival helped the Cardinals go from 5-10-1 to 8-8.

Arizona would make the playoffs in 2021, breaking a five-season drought.

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The Hopkins trade opened a Pandora’s box for the Texans and the league in general.

In some ways, it showed that players didn’t need to wait for the situation to improve.

Instead, they may find a better environment and require a trade to get there.

After the Texans fallout, JJ Watt joined Hopkins in Arizona.

Swapping Laremy Tunsil also didn’t work out after he was injured last season due to thumb surgery.

Likewise, Deshaun Watson joined the Cleveland Browns on a five-year, fully guaranteed, $230 million deal.

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