Adam Schefter reports that Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has ended his holdout and returned to the team’s training camp.
Hopkins released the following statement, per Tania Ganguli, regarding his decision to return to the team:
“I too am disappointed that the Texans organization has elected not to enter into contract negotiation to secure my future as a Texan. I have expressed my sincere position regarding my contract status and with sound mind have expressed my stands to the Texans organization. My focus also is on the 2016 season and to help my team reach out ultimate goal. Having said that I am returning to the Houston Texans to play for a Superbowl in Houston, Texans. I will be holding a 3pm press conference at Reliant stadium today. We are excited about returning to the team and grind this camp.
God Bless DeAndre Hopkins.”
The Texans elected to place Hopkins on the reserve/did not report list on Saturday.
Hopkins would have been subject to fines of $40,000 for each day missed. Field Yates points out that Hopkins had a $445,000 roster bonus on August 4th if he is on 90-man roster. However, he wouldn’t have received this if he’s still on the reserve/did not report.
Hopkins, 24, was taken with the No. 27 overall pick back in 2013. He was in the final year of his four-year, $7.64 million rookie contract and will make a base salary of $1 million for the 2016 season.
In 2015, Hopkins appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and recorded 111 receptions for 1,521 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 6 receiver out of 121 qualifying players.