ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has no plans to hold out for a new contract this year and will be in attendance for the start of training camp on Monday.
Back in March, Texans GM Rick Smith told reporters at the Scouting Combine that they are “absolutely intent” on locking up Hopkins long term.
“Our goal is to keep all of our good, young players, and DeAndre is a good, young player,” Smith said. “So, yes, we are absolutely intent on re-signing him. When that happens is up for debate, but he’s definitely in our plans. He’s an excellent young football player and we certainly want to continue to build around him.”
Hopkins should be in line for a massive contract extension when all is said and done that will leave him among the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.
Hopkins, 25, 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 when the Texans picked up his fifth-year option last April.
The fifth-year option will run them over $7.9 million for the 2017 season, but is guaranteed only for injury and won’t prevent them from working on a long-term extension over the next year.
In 2016, In 2016, Hopkins appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and caught 78 passes for 954 yards receiving and four touchdowns. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 25 receiver out of 115 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a new deal for Hopkins as the news is available.