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DeAndre Hopkins wants to spend career in Houston

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 03: DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Houston Texans warms up before playing against the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 3, 2016 at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

There’s a reason the Texans are looking for a quarterback this offseason — as they have, really, since the organization was founded.

As they did when they found Andre Johnson in 2003, they’ve got a star wide receiver in his prime who wants to hang around.

If I can play my whole career here, I would,” DeAndre Hopkins said, via Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “I love this place. This organization took a chance on drafting me. You have to look at that.”

Of course, he’s also in position to cash in with a lucrative contract extension, so there’s no reason to rock the boat. The Texans have tried to be proactive about locking up young stars, with recent extensions for J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus.

Hopkins is entering the fourth year of his rookie deal, one which they can easily extend with the fifth-year option. That’s a no-brainer, though they might not let it get to that point. Rewarding him for last season (11 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns) is reason enough, but there’s also the element of keeping him happy. He recently switched to CAA to negotiate his contract, and they’ve been responsible for recent deals for Julio Jones, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas, all of whom got around five years for $70 million.

But he also professed his love for Houston, and said he didn’t want to leave.

“I love this place,” he said. “I love this organization. I love the fans here. I’ll never forget after we went 2-14 (in 2013), I don’t recall too many fans bailing out on us. It speaks a lot about this city and who they are.”

Of course, finding an upgrade from Brian Hoyer would help. Johnson always played nice, but admitted upon leaving for Indianapolis that playing with Andrew Luck was a huge draw for a guy who existed with journeymen or worse.

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13 Responses to “DeAndre Hopkins wants to spend career in Houston”
  1. millarddjr says: Feb 15, 2016 2:52 PM

    Hahahahaha! Luck was an upgrade?

    Of course, this is his point of view, which means that Houston’s even worse than we thought.

  2. mrheavyhustle says: Feb 15, 2016 2:56 PM

    So loyalty now a days is frowned upon? I’m sure he without actually saying so hope and pray that Texans GM(lol) and Coach actually get him a good QB.

  3. Chris Martin says: Feb 15, 2016 3:15 PM

    Houston loves him and the guy is legitimately a top NFL WR. Hopefully he’s Texan for a long time.

  4. stexan says: Feb 15, 2016 3:15 PM

    Guy’s averaging 138 yds per catch. And a TD each time no less.
    I’d sign him.

  5. icebergsimpson says: Feb 15, 2016 3:17 PM

    Come to Tampa. You and Winston had a nice connection together.

  6. badskidmarks says: Feb 15, 2016 3:34 PM

    “Rewarding him for last season (11 receptions, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns) is reason enough”

    A touchdown every single catch…..

  7. mysterytonite says: Feb 15, 2016 4:06 PM

    Guy has obviously caught one too many ambulance balls from the many jags obrien ran out their to pretend to play qb for Houston. He needs to be put in the concussion protocol stat.

  8. vicnocal says: Feb 15, 2016 4:11 PM

    Love Nuk, he’s fun to watch.

    So many great WRs in the league right now, even a guy like AJ Green is only like 8th or 9th best these days.

  9. tdubdizzle says: Feb 15, 2016 4:53 PM

    Houston, we don’t have a problem.

  10. jjfootball says: Feb 15, 2016 5:09 PM


  11. ariani1985 says: Feb 15, 2016 5:37 PM

    Come to green Bay Packers we thrive in the
    playoffs losses!

  12. mackcarrington says: Feb 15, 2016 5:42 PM

    It’s nice that some players want to claim career loyalty to a certain team early in their careers. But when and if he reaches a certain level that demands he get paid at market level for being a “star” then that loyally won’t be reciprocated by the team when he becomes too expensive. His loyalty will be tested when they want to reduce his salary. If he doesn’t agree to that, then he would be unceremoniously released. He has too much career in front of him to be saying this right now.

  13. nouhoh64 says: Feb 15, 2016 6:18 PM

    With those numbers he’s a sure fire, first ballot HOF…

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