Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is one of the most dynamic threats in the game. However, he was not on track to get paid like it. Entering his fifth season, Hopkins was on pace to make just under $8 million. Not a bad payday by any means, but far below that of a player at his level. Hopkins is elite, no doubt about it and now he will be paid like it.
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Throughout his career, Hopkins has amassed 317 receptions for 4,487 yards and 23 touchdowns. Possibly even more impressive, Hopkins has done this while catching passes from one of the most unstable quarterback groups in the league. He has said that he has caught passes from “at least ten quarterbacks.” That type of instability is hard to overcome with the chemistry required at wide receiver. Clearly, this shows the true intangible skill that Hopkins possesses and he is obviously of irreplaceable valuable to the Texans.
Economics of the Deal
Hopkins’ deal is for 5 years and $81 million. He has received the most guaranteed money ($49 million) of any receiver in NFL history. Hopkins will bank $12.5 million this year, far above what he was slated to make. Additionally, he will make slightly more on the back end of his deal, closer to $14 million. Hopkins has definitely set the new standard for wide receiver contracts in the NFL.
Highest Paid Receivers Around the League
Hopkins is now the second highest paid receiver in the NFL, averaging only less than Antonio Brown ($17 million). Behind Hopkins is A.J. Green ($15 million), Julio Jones ($14.3 million), and Dez Bryant ($14 million). Hopkins has put himself amongst the very top-paid receivers, without a doubt proving his value to his team.
Hopkins was a holdout last year, now the Texans can rest assured that will not be an issue any time soon. Without a doubt, coach Bill O’Brien will rest easier at night knowing he has his star receiver locked up for the foreseeable future. Additionally, quarterback Tom Savage will definitely feel much more comfortable knowing that he has number ten to throw it up to.