They will both still count against the Texans’ 90-man roster and can be activated from the list at any time.
Watt, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Texans back in 2011. He’s entering the fifth year of his eight-year, $108.88 million contract that includes $51.8 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $13 million and $13.5 million over the next two years of the deal.
In 2018, Watt appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and recorded 61 tackles, 16 sacks, seven forced fumbles and four pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 3 edge rusher out of 105 qualifying players.
Hopkins, 27, was taken with the No. 27 overall pick back in 2013. He’s currently in the third year of his five-year, $81 million extension that includes $49 million guaranteed.
Hopkins stands to make base salaries of $12.5 million over the next two years of the agreement.
In 2018, Hopkins appeared in all 16 games for the Texans and caught 115 passes for 1,572 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns.