Houston Texans to sign DeAndre Hopkins to massive new contract

Houston Texans to sign DeAndre Hopkins to massive new contract

Houston Texans to sign DeAndre Hopkins to massive new contract

The former Pro Bowl wide receiver signed a five-year deal worth $81 million to remain with the Texans, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

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Since selecting him in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Hopkins quickly established himself as one of the best wide receivers in the league. The QB situation in Houston was a mess in 2016, to put it bluntly, and he still managed nearly 1,000 yards. This would be the largest guaranteed amount for any wide receiver in the NFL. Last season, Hopkins made 78 catches for 954 yards and four scores over 16 games. Hopkins was due to become an unrestricted free agent following this season.

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In four years with the Texans, even with all of their inconsistencies at quarterback, Hopkins has totaled 317 receptions for 4,487 yards and 23 touchdowns.

The Texans kick off the 2017 football season on September 10 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The deal calls for $49 million guaranteed, $2 million more than Julio Jones received when he signed his extension with the Atlanta Falcons back in 2015.

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