Should Colts fear DeAndre Hopkins possibly joining the Titans?

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) runs the ball during the second quarter at
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) runs the ball during the second quarter at / Andrew Nelles / via Imagn

Free agent receiver DeAndre Hopkins recently visited the Tennessee Titans. Should a possible return to the AFC South scare the Indianapolis Colts?

After being released by the Arizona Cardinals, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is currently a free agent. The five-time Pro Bowler is now 31 years old and is preparing for his 11th season in the NFL. As he searches for his next team, Hopkins has started a tour of free agency visits.

His first stop was with the Tennessee Titans. Tennessee, who’s in desperate need of wide receiver help, hosted Hopkins for a couple of days but they didn’t come to a deal while he was there. However, this doesn’t mean that he can’t end up there, just that he wants to continue visiting different teams. His next stop will be with the New England Patriots.

If the Titans do ultimately land DeAndre Hopkins, what would it mean for the AFC South? Should the Indianapolis Colts be scared of Hopkins possibly joining Tennessee? Probably not.

Colts shouldn’t be worried about Titans possibly signing DeAndre Hopkins

For starters, Hopkins is still a quality receiver. This isn’t a piece that’s going to argue that he’s past it or a washed up veteran. He’s coming off a season where he played in only nine games and caught 64 passes for 717 yards and three touchdowns. Even if he’s not what he once was, he’s still pretty good, and would certainly be a boost to Tennessee’s wide receiver room.

However, it’s hard to say that Hopkins will make a major difference for the Titans. He’ll certainly provide the team with a No. 1 wide receiver, but he won’t make Tennessee the favorite to win the AFC South. There will still be a ton of questions about the quarterback position, the other receivers, and also if Tennessee’s rebuilt offensive line can actually be better than the line from last year.

The biggest reason, though, why the Colts shouldn’t fear Hopkins joining the Titans, is because it’s unlikely to happen. Free agency is wild, and the league has seen several shocking moves before, but knowing Hopkins’ priorities, him signing with the Titans would surprise everyone. Hopkins has made it clear that he wants to play with an elite quarterback and be on a contender. Tennessee can’t provide him either of those things.

Knowing that DeAndre Hopkins is receiving interest from teams like the Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, and Kansas City Chiefs, him joining the Tennessee Titans doesn’t even seem feasible.