DeAndre Hopkins responds to rumors that he plans on holding out
The Arizona Cardinals’ biggest offseason acquisition in DeAndre Hopkins has yet to participate in the team’s practices in training camp. His absence on the field was due to the nagging hamstring injury that kept him on the sidelines as of late. However, many have speculated that his contract remains to be the biggest reason for his recent holdout.
The former Clemson Tiger has finally decided to put an end to the speculations:
“No Deandre Hopkins is not holding out. From the source,” Hopkins wrote on Twitter.
Hopkins still has three more years left on his contract at salaries of $12.5 million this year, $13.5 million next year, and $13.9 million in 2022.
Hopkins’ reaffirmation has assured that he will not follow in the footsteps of Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Melvin Ingram who recently held out of practice because of his frustrations with his contract.
The Cardinals remain cautious of Hopkins’ injury and will not force him to return to the field right away. The team is confident that the four-time Pro Bowler will get acclimated to the offensive schemes in time for their Week 1 matchup.
The arrival of the All-Pro wide receiver brings another target for 2019 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray. He, along with veteran wideout Larry Fitzgerald and third-year pass-catcher Christian Kirk will be patrolling the wings for the Cardinals’ offense.
The new-look team will aim to start anew coming off a cellar-dwelling 5-10 performance in 2019. The Cardinals’ improvement as a unit will eventually contribute to a stiffer competition in the NFC West division.