Hopkins says he’s focused on football, wasn’t “sending message”

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Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins told reporters Monday that he’s “focused on football” and didn’t want to answer specific questions about his contract situation.

Hopkins didn’t report for training camp with the rest of his teammates Saturday because he’s upset the team hasn’t given him a new contract. He reversed course and showed up Sunday, releasing a statement that said he’s disappointed in his contract situation and wanted to “express [his] sincere position” but wanted to be with his teammates as the Texans worked to reach their goals.

Basically, Hopkins was saying he’s still mad and still wants a new contract immediately, but he wasn’t willing to take on daily fines, risk a $445,000 roster bonus and be a distraction.

In his first comments Monday since returning to the team, Hopkins said he “wasn’t trying to send a message” to the Texans with his brief absence.

I was trying to do what’s best for my family and myself,” he said.

Hopkins said he loves playing football, is excited about the potential of the Texans and all the requisite things about focus and improvement. He made it clear he wants his money, too.

I have to prove what I’m worth,” he said.

14 responses to “Hopkins says he’s focused on football, wasn’t “sending message”

  1. Of course he was sending a message- The price just went up. We all know he’s going to have a great year and the price will go up. They made a choice and paid an injured player ahead of his rookie contract expiring. I don’t think that was the wrong choice, but when you don’t do the same for a top 5 wr, you are sending a msg. He got it loud and clear. I get why the organization didn’t renew for deandre, but considering that this organization has yet to make a meaningful run in the playoffs ever, can they afford to lose a guy like Deandre. I think not, especially when you just signed and unproven qb.

  2. If he wasn’t trying to send a message, he could have talked with them about his contract after the season. Receivers are me-first, so I’m not surprised.

  3. Ha! We knew he didn’t write that original statement (lawyer or PR firm) where he thanks all the fans, says he wants to be a team player, blah blah.

  4. He is tremendously underpaid. He is getting less than rookie teammate Will Fuller. That said…he signed the contract and can’t expect the team to renegotiate with two years left.

  5. He is tremendously underpaid. He is getting less than rookie teammate Will Fuller. That said…he signed the contract and can’t expect the team to renegotiate with two years left.
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    Uh…, the team “renegotiated” with J.J. Watt with two years left on his contract, so your point is moot. NFL teams (re)negotiate contracts for whom they want to renegotiate contracts for.

    I don’t think Hopkins is asking anything unreasonable considering teams constantly cut players and void contracts at their whim. In my opinion, (based on his performance) he deserves a new contact in that he’s ‘outperformed’ his current one.

    If I was Hopkins and they did not work with me now… they would never be able to resign me after my original contract is up.

  6. Whitney “I didn’t do a damn thing until last year” Mercilus also got a new contract in his third year.

    I hope this drives Hopkins away from the Texans, because screw any team that gives a screwup GM like Rick Smith a four-year extension but wants to play hardball with their only offensive weapon.

  7. Cry to the NFLPA Deandre. Keep running your mouth and you will get franchised instead of landing a long term deal.

  8. Renegotiating contracts is part of everyday business in America, even personal business. When situations change, contracts are renegotiated.

    How many of us have traded in a car before the loan was fully paid off or refinanced a mortgage?

    How many of us have canceled a cell phone or cable tv contract and had to pay an early termination fee?

    When an NFL team cuts a player early, coerces a player into taking a pay cut, or extends a player’s contract before it runs out are all examples of day-to-day contract renegotiations in the NFL.

    It’s unrealistic to expect a player to honor the terms of a contract that doesn’t fit right anymore. Stop demonizing these men, they are simply trying to earn fair market value for their services during the very limited time window that their services are valuable.

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