DeAndre Hopkins nearing lucrative extension with Cardinals
The Arizona Cardinals acquired DeAndre Hopkins in a blockbuster trade this offseason. They are hopeful they can keep him around for years to come. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Hopkins is nearing a lucrative extension with the Cardinals.
Sources: The #AZCardinals and star WR DeAndre Hopkins are closing in on an agreement on a contract extension to properly compensate their star. Hopkins did the deal himself.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 7, 2020
Near the beginning of free agency this offseason, Arizona was able to land Hopkins and a fourth-round pick from the Houston Texans. On the other hand, the trade saw the Cardinals send David Johnson, a second-round pick, and a fourth-round pick for the All-Pro wideout.
After the head-scratching move, it was revealed that Hopkins and Bill O’Brien didn’t have a great relationship. At the same time, Houston was unwilling to rework Hopkins’ contract despite his request to. While the Texans weren’t interested in paying Hopkins, the Cardinals are more than willing to give him a raise.
Entering the 2020 season, Hopkins still has three years remaining on the five-year, $81 million deal he signed with the Texans in 2017. The former No. 27 pick is due $12.5 million this season, making him the sixth highest-paid wide receiver in 2020.
During his seven seasons in Houston, Hopkins cemented himself as one of — if not — the best wide receiver in the NFL. In the past three seasons, he’s averaged 105 receptions, 1,371 yards, and 10 touchdowns. As a result, he’s been voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls and earned three All-Pro honors.
Upon his arrival in Arizona, Hopkins is expected to form a remarkable duo with second-year quarterback, Kyler Murray. While expectations are high for the Cardinals in 2020, Hopkins will seemingly be playing with a new contract under his belt.