Chiefs rumors: K.C. has 'kept in contact' with DeAndre Hopkins

The fire that won't go out.
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Will they or won't they? At this point, everyone following the National Football League is likely ready for DeAndre Hopkins to find a home with some team just so the rumors will fade away and reality can settle in.

The rumors around Hopkins have persisted for quite some time this offseason. The first few months included rumors of whether or not the Arizona Cardinals would even try to move him or not before giving way to obvious trade desperation. A few weeks after the NFL Draft, the Cardinals decided to release Hopkins and he's been a free agent ever since.

The only teams to bring in Hopkins for a visit so far have been the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots, but some teams are still reportedly waiting in the wings with interest in case the price is right—a list of franchises that includes the Kansas City Chiefs and Buffalo Bills. It's also worth recalling that the New York Jets and Baltimore Ravens were also once linked via rumors with Hopkins earlier this spring and summer.

The latest rumor updates come via ESPN reporter Jeremy Fowler who appeared on SportsCenter with a Chiefs-centric update on Hopkins:

"The Chiefs have kept in contact, I'm told, with DeAndre Hopkins' camp. They have, certainly, some interest."

Fowler does admit that money is a problem for the Chiefs and the rumored extension for defensive tackle Chris Jones is holding the team up from doing anything financially these days. If they can get a deal done, it would push some of this year's $28M cap hit down the road into future seasons in which the salary cap will be higher, but until then, the Chiefs are at their spending limit.

The Chiefs and Jones are widely expected to reach a deal sometime soon knowing that training camp is near, but last year, Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs were reportedly close on a new contract before the whole thing fell apart as the market widened in free agency. That's a longshot here, but it's important to note that nothing is certain until someone is signing on the dotted line.