Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was already enjoying success back in his days with the Houston Texans until the Arizona Cardinals came calling. Ever since he was traded, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins knew in himself that he would have a long-term stay in his new home.
The eight-year veteran raved about his promising connection with his new quarterback in Kyler Murray:
“I’ve never had more than [three] years with any one quarterback in my eight years of playing football,” DeAndre Hopkins said, via the team’s website. “Being able to build a relationship with the quarterback, the sky is the limit. Being able to be with a quarterback that I know is the future of this organization for five years and having offseasons and building it, man, it’s exciting.”
Prior to landing in Arizona, Hopkins still had three years left on his deal at base salaries of $12.5 million, $13.5 million, and $13.915 million, respectively. His expected paycheck for the 2020 season is the sixth-most for wide receivers behind Cincinnati Bengals’ A.J. Green, Indianapolis Colts’ T.Y. Hilton, Buffalo Bills’ Stefon Diggs, and Cleveland Browns’ Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry.
Indeed, the 28-year old player was playing for bargain deals in recent seasons. He made changes to the situation when he recently represented himself in contract negotiations with the Cardinals’ front office. DeAndre Hopkins then successfully landed a two-year extension worth $54.5 million which made him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history. The agreement would tie the wide receiver with the Cardinals through the 2024 season.
Giving the four-time Pro Bowler his desired contract extension without having played a single snap is indicative of the level of trust that the organization has vested in him. Cardinal fans are raring to see how the new Murray-Hopkins connection will turn out to be in the seasons to come.