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Report: DeAndre Hopkins becomes highest paid non-QB in NFL history with new contract

DeAndre Hopkins, Cardinals

The latest NFL star to get his lucrative paycheck during the offseason was Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. He now becomes the highest-paid non-quarterback in league history with the signing of his new contract. The 28-year old player had three years left on his deal at base salaries of $12.5 million, $13.5 million, and $13.915 million, respectively, prior to the recently-signed extension.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport disclosed the contract details on Twitter:

DeAndre Hopkins also expressed his desire to have a long-term stay in Glendale and agreed to a no-trade and no-franchise tag clause with the Cardinals:

The Cardinals have certainly hit the jackpot with the success of their blockbuster trade with the Houston Texans during the offseason. Hopkins along with a 2020 fourth-round pick was traded to the Cardinals in exchange for veteran running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick.

Even without playing a single snap, both DeAndre Hopkins and the Cardinals were confident that they can reach an agreement to a contract extension. It seems like both parties liked the partnership and are in it for the long run.

The South Carolina native was his usual dominant self last season as he recorded 104 receptions for 1,165 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns as the Texans’ WR1.

Hopkins’ success on the field was indicative that he is indeed worthy to be paid big bucks. He is already an accomplished veteran, having bagged the 2017 NFL receiving touchdowns leader, a second-team All-Pro selection, two first-team All-Pro appearances, and four trips to the Pro Bowl. He aims to add more to his hardware collection as he enters his eighth season in the league.

Hopkins will look to bring his offensive prowess to a young Cardinals’ side that is raring to finally score a winning season. This is only the beginning of good things to come in the desert for the years to come.