Through his penchant for making acrobatic catches in heavy traffic and reliable hands, Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has positioned himself for a lucrative new contract.
Hopkins is expected to eventually cash in with a blockbuster contract this offseason. What remains to be determined is the approximate timing for a deal to culminate and how rich a payday it will be.
No deal is imminent, but Texans general manager Rick Smith has reiterated several times that securing Hopkins on a long-term deal is a major priority for the AFC South franchise. Hopkins is entering a fifth-year option season and is due $7.915 million this season.
“Those talks are between the Texans and my agent, but this city has embraced me just like my hometown in South Carolina has,” said Hopkins, Cheap Jerseys who’s represented by Creative Artists Agency. “I love being here. I love playing for this team, great organization. Bob McNair and Cal McNair, they do a great job at having an organization that speaks for itself. I thank those guys all the time for picking me 27th when nobody knew who DeAndre Hopkins was.”
The most significant wide receiver deal of this offseason was signed by Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Brown received a four-year, $68 million deal that included a $19 million signing bonus for an average annual salary of $17 million.
The financial stratosphere for a wide receiver like Hopkins is a rich neighborhood, including upper echelon deals for the Atlanta Falcons’ Julio Jones (five years, $71.256 million, $12 million signing bonus, $47 million guaranteed), the Dallas Cowboys’ Dez Bryant (five years, $70 million, $20 million signing bonus, $45 million guaranteed) and the Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas (five years, $70 million, $11 million signing bonus, $43.5 million guaranteed).
Plus, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green is playing under a $70.181 million contract that included $60 million in new money in a four-year contract extension that featured a $15 million signing bonus.
“Fortunately for Houston, nobody really moved the receiver market in a meaningful way this offseason,” said former NFL agent Joel Corry, who Cheap nfl Jerseys writes about the business of football for CBS Sports. “Hopkins will probably get paid eventually in the same tier as Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas. He may want a little more because of how the Antonio Brown deal came in. There’s usually a trickle-down effect, but nobody really benefited from it at the receiver position during free agency.”
Named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2015 when he caught a career-high 111 passes for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns, Hopkins’ production dipped last season to 78 catches for 954 yards and four scores while dealing with erratic passing from former starting quarterback Brock Osweiler. Eleven of Osweiler’s 19 interceptions, including the playoffs, occurred throwing in Hopkins’ direction.
Hopkins has 317 catches, 4,487 yards and 23 touchdowns for his career, the most by any Texans player in franchise history through their first four seasons.
He has the sixth-most catches and fifth-most receiving yards by a player at age 25 in NFL history.
Hopkins emphasized that he’s not concerned with his numbers other than how many games the team wins.
“I would give up stats all day to be right there playing the Patriots for the game to win the Super Bowl anytime,” Hopkins said. “That’s what you’re Customized Jerseys remembered by: playoff games. Stats never really mattered to me. What mattered to me is helping my team win, making big plays down the stretch to get us over the hump for us to be able to win the AFC South conference as many years as we have in a row.
“The stats mean stuff to people who don’t necessarily know the game of football. Last year even though it was a down year statistically, I think it was one my better years for me to help my team win and put us in position.”
Hopkins said he’s thoroughly enjoying the atmosphere in practice during organized team activities.
“Everybody is in a great mood,” he said. “It’s a good vibe out there. Everybody knows the team we have and everybody knows the goals we want to get to. You can tell the way everybody is practicing with a chip on their shoulder.”
Hopkins Houston Texans Jerseys celebrated his 25th birthday this week with a surprise dinner at Steak 48 along with Andre Johnson, Johnathan Joseph, Alfred Blue and Jaelen Strong along with his sister and girlfriend.
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