The Houston Texans are reportedly signing star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to a massive five-year, $81 million extension, giving him the most guaranteed money of any receiver in the NFL.
Included in the deal is a record-breaking $49 million in guaranteed money, according to Schefter.
If there was any doubt whether Hopkins would bolt for free agency next summer, we now know it won't happen. He'll be a Texan until at least 2022. His contract was set to expire at the conclusion of this season.
At the NFL Combine, Texans general manager Rick Smith said, “Our goal is to keep all of our good, young players and DeAndre is a good, young player.
“So, yes. We are absolutely intent on resigning him. When that happens is up for debate, but he’s definitely in our plans. He’s an excellent young football player and I think he’s one of those guys that we just talked about that’s an arrow-up player. We certainly want to continue to build around him.”
Hopkins is entering his fifth season. Last season he caught 78 passes for 954 yards and four touchdowns.
Last July, Hopkins said he wants “to be treated for what I'm worth. That's fair to say, right?," according to ESPN.com’s Tania Ganguli. He said he’s not looking for a certain pay range.
As SB Nation noted, The 24-year-old will join Antonio Brown, A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas, and Dez Bryant as the highest-paid receivers in the NFL. According to Over the Cap, they all make at least $14 million a year.
Hopkins has earned Pro Bowl honors once, and is still in the early stages of his NFL career. Still, he's already considered one of the best receivers in the league. In fact, Pro Football Focus’ Sam Monson wrote how Hopkins had a top-five receiver grade in 2015.