DeAndre Hopkins walks out of Texans camp

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Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins wants more money, and he’s holding out to get it.

Hopkins left training camp and began a holdout this morning, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Last week, Hopkins said he wants the Texans to pay him “what I’m worth,” but he did not elaborate on his feelings. By walking out of camp, he has made his feelings clear.

As the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Hopkins is heading into the fourth year of his rookie contract, and he’s due a base salary of $1 million this year. That’s a bargain for a player of Hopkins’ quality, but it’s what the Collective Bargaining Agreement dictates.

Next year, the Texans can keep Hopkins by picking up his fifth-year option and paying him $7.915 million. Hopkins is obviously looking for a deal that would pay him considerably more than $8.915 million over the next two years, and more for a few years after that as well.

35 responses to “DeAndre Hopkins walks out of Texans camp

  1. On the one hand, the team has huger leverage, they have him for this year and next year and can then franchise him.

    But, maybe they can negotiate a team friendly deal now.
    Get some more years added at the end of his existing contract, at todays rates, which given how the cap increases will be good value for the team in 2 years.
    Add 4 years at 11MM/year, with some of that money up front and some big guaranteed money(provided he doesnt hold out), but not too much, so he doesn’t hold out.

  2. Good thing they have perennial “pro-bowler” Osweiler at QB at $18M/year. Lol. Hopkins has a FAR better resume at this point in his career than Osweiler does.

  3. While I hate to see players holdout, I don’t disagree with Hopkins.

    Players that far outplay their rookie deal should be able to renegotiate their contract after 3 years. He deserves it. He has far outplayed his rookie deal and should be paid more than 8 million over the next 2 years considering her is probably a top 5-6 WR in the NFL easily.

    The rookie wage scale was designed to protect teams against overpaying rookies who didn’t earn their contracts so that there could be more money for veterans. Another piece of it is that it allows teams to underpay for rookies who do earn it and outplay their veteran peers.

    I think it is safe to say that Hopkins will not be a bust and so he is well within his right to get paid.

    -A Broncos fan.

  4. The rookie wage scale was designed to protect teams against overpaying rookies who didn’t earn their contracts so that there could be more money for veterans.

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    That sounds more like it was designed to protect the veterans, not the teams.

    NFLPA on NFLPA crime….

  5. I’m on Hopkins side in this he’s criminally underpaid. Not like he signed a big deal and is now looking for more,he’s a top 5 wr he deserves more then 1mil,one knee injury away from never getting the big $ hope he gets paid.

  6. I guess we need to redefine the word “contract”. You sign it, you abide by it is what I thought it meant. These days it means if you play better than expected the paper you signed means nothing. So I guess if you play worse than expected the team doesn’t have to pay you either.

  7. Then maybe he shoulda signed a 3-year Rookie contract instead of a 5-year. Maybe he should go ask his Agent for the extra millions that he is asking for

  8. Next year, the Texans can keep Hopkins by picking up his fifth-year option and paying him $7.915 million.

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    Doesn’t the team need to decide before the 4th season whether or not to pick up the fifth year option? If he’s entering the fourth year of the deal they should have already made that decision (which is an obvious one).

  9. he signed it…if he had been a bust as a receiver, I doubt if he would have returned any monies back to Houston…guess contracts these days are enforceable only by the players…

  10. Let me help sports guy out. 1st rounders are mandated 4 yr deals with the team having the option for a 5th yr.

    Hopkins didn’t have the option to even consider a 3yr deal.

  11. whooligun says:
    Jul 30, 2016 11:26 AM

    You’re the one that signed the contract.
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    Rookies don’t have a lot of negotiating power as there is a wage scale on rookie contracts. It is basically sign what they give you or don’t play football.

    It is the 2nd contract that allows players to negotiate.

  12. Look at those gloves. How can the make stick-um illegal yet allow them to wear this type of glove? Might as well just allow stick-um.

  13. poecooperative says:
    Jul 30, 2016 11:40 AM
    I guess we need to redefine the word “contract”. You sign it, you abide by it is what I thought it meant. These days it means if you play better than expected the paper you signed means nothing. So I guess if you play worse than expected the team doesn’t have to pay you either.
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    Exactly. What sport have you been following?

  14. I guess we need to redefine the word “contract”. You sign it, you abide by it is what I thought it meant. These days it means if you play better than expected the paper you signed means nothing. So I guess if you play worse than expected the team doesn’t have to pay you either.
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    What about a team who cuts a player when they are owed huge money on the backend but the team wants to get younger? This is a two way street we are dealing with.

  15. I don’t care what anyone else says As texans fan from day 1 pay the man. This franchise is finally looking up and u don’t want to pay the guy who was basically our offense last year. I don’t care that he’s under contract. Give him 65 million 50 garenteed 5 years NOW.

  16. Considering that Hopkins wont lose that much (because of the rookie pay scale, as a 27th pick) he should hold out.

    Then the Texans will see how much he’s worth to them.

    Its not like the Von Miller situation where he would be missing out on 14 – 19MM, he’ll be missing out on 2MM?

    While he’d be under paid his extension year, that would be a lot more than he’d make this year.

  17. This is a rational and wise man who examined the Texans QB situation and realized that 2015 will be the statistical apex of his career. By time the Texans can get out from under Oz and his ridiculous contract, Hopkins will be on the down swing athletically. He is probably already sentimental for Brian Hoyer.

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