Arizona Cardinals' DeAndre Hopkins recruiting New England Patriots' Stephon Gilmore?

Jeremy Cluff
Arizona Republic
DeAndre Hopkins appears to love the idea of the Arizona Cardinals trading for New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

DeAndre Hopkins has lobbied for players to join him on the Cardinals since he was traded to Arizona.

He's at it again.

The star wide receiver took to Instagram on Tuesday to make the case for the Patriots' Stephon Gilmore to be traded to Arizona.

"Best corner in the game from South Carolina," Hopkins posted with a photo of Gilmore defending him in a game last season. "let him know it's love Red Sea!"

Hopkins' post also tagged the star cornerback who has seen trade speculation surrounding him increase upon skipping New England's mandatory minicamp this week.

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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins appears to be recruiting Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Hopkins also interacted with Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who appears to be trying to recruit Gilmore to LA, on the post.

"y'all got a couple hall of fames on defense, let us shine," Hopkins posted, while tagging the star CB.

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On Monday, Ramsey had tweeted Gilmore about possibly winning a ring in Los Angeles.

Ramsey replied to Hopkins' Instagram post with the message: 'Don't start this Hop!"

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The Los Angeles Rams' Jalen Ramsey would like to see New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore on his team.

Gilmore would certainly be a welcome addition to the Cardinals, who could always use help in the secondary.

Would they be able to swing a trade for Gilmore, should he become available?

Would they be able to afford Gilmore?

Who knows? Hopkins may at least be planting a seed in Gilmore's head.

This isn't the first time Hopkins has recruited players on social media.

Last month, the wide receiver posted a photo on Instagram of himself with Julio Jones, A.J. Green (now on the Cardinals) and former NFL wide receiver Michael Irvin at a 2016 NFL Pro Bowl practice in an apparent effort to try to lure Jones, the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver who has since been traded to the Tennessee Titans, to be traded to Arizona.

Hopkins' message with the post? "Julio u remember what we talked about" with a conversation emoji.

Last month, Hopkins also tweeted that he would be willing to restructure his contract with Arizona in order for the team to acquire Jones.

That situation didn't work out, but another one certainly did.

In February, the Cardinals wide receiver posted a photo of him and J.J. Watt on Instagram photoshopped in Cardinals uniforms.

The caption to the photo: "Let's finish what we started."

We all know how that turned out.

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