According to a report from CBS Sports, the Chiefs are still in on DeAndre Hopkins but have some stiff competition from another AFC contender.
Super Bowl contenders should make Super Bowl-contending moves when they can. Only days ago, the Buffalo Bills made such a move by adding former Los Angeles Rams pass-rusher Leonard Floyd to help an already stout defense.
Considering Buffalo is a major threat to the Kansas City Chiefs and their current defense of the Super Bowl crown, it would be prudent for general manager Brett Veach to respond.
Perhaps he's already looking at doing so, and that appears to be the latest scuttlebutt on the rumor mill involving one particular star player, All-Pro wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. However, as things go, it appears Buffalo is in the mix, too.
CBS Sports says DeAndre Hopkins sweepstakes down to 2 teams, the Chiefs and Bills
Prior to being let go by the Arizona Cardinals, Hopkins put out a list of requirements for his next employer. Needless to say, KC checks off a lot of boxes, particularly at quarterback with Patrick Mahomes, as well as the front office with Veach and Co.
At the same time, the Bills can counter with a stable front office, an elite defense and another MVP-caliber signal-caller, Josh Allen, with whom Hopkins has openly admitted to wanting to play.
According to a recent report from CBS Sports' Jeff Kerr, both Buffalo and Kansas City appear to be the final front-runners for Hopkins' services this season:
"The Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills were reportedly active in acquiring Hopkins prior to his release and are believed to still have interest in signing him. The Bills confirmed their desire in adding the All-Pro receiver who is big fan of their quarterback, Josh Allen."
Kerr also added a number of teams that are no longer interested in Hopkins (or weren't to begin with), such as the New York Jets and Tennessee Titans.
It would be in the Bills' top interest not only to add the 31-year-old Hopkins to bolster the weaponry around Allen and to provide a partner in crime to fellow wide receiver Stefon Diggs, but it would also keep Hopkins out of the Chiefs' hands.
For KC, getting Hopkins would be the counter-type move to ensure the perceived cold war within the AFC would get a little hotter.
Perhaps Hopkins just has to make up his mind.