Panthers given 12 percent chance to sign DeAndre Hopkins

So, now that DeAndre Hopkins has been released by the Arizona Cardinals, where do the Carolina Panthers stand in the sweepstakes for the free-agent wideout? Well, they may have taken a step or two back since the last time we visited the odds.

Our last peek, courtesy of hypothetical odds given by’s Adam Thompson, showed the Panthers as the second-likeliest team to land the three-time first-team All-Pro pass catcher from Arizona — who actually led the pack with +200 odds to retain Hopkins. Carolina’s odds sat at +550 — which were tied with the Chicago Bears and behind only the Kansas City Chiefs (+300).

Thompson updated his outlook again on Monday, and the Panthers aren’t sitting as pretty . . .

There is some solid logic as to why the Panthers should sign Hopkins. Not only do they have a need for a No. 1 wide receiver, but they also have the second-most salary cap space in the league.

But there are also reasons why a homecoming for the Central, S.C., native may not happen — and one of those reasons could pertain to that cap space and keeping another player “home.”

Nonetheless, the shop for Hop rolls on.


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Story originally appeared on Panthers Wire