Texans owner on Hopkins: “We’ll deal with his contract at the proper time”

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Somebody got the message through quickly to Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins that a holdout wasn’t going to get him what he wanted.

And now, the somebody who might eventually give Hopkins what he wants has declared himself pleased.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Texans owner Bob McNair watched Hopkins practice, and said he was relieved the short protest was over.

“I’m happy that he’s back,” McNair said. “I think it’s in his best interest for him to be here.

“We’ll deal with his contract at the proper time. We take care of our players and we’ll take care of him.”

Hopkins has two years left on his rookie deal, and based on last year, is grossly underpaid. The Texans have made a point of not dealing with contract extensions for guys with multiple years left (unless that guy is J.J. Watt).

But you could also make the argument that at less than $1.5 million this year and the $7.9 million option for next year, that Hopkins is every bit as (grossly) underpaid as Watt was when his extension was given.

Hopkins caught 111 passes for 1,521 yards and six touchdowns last year, impressive numbers for a guy without a quarterback.

6 responses to “Texans owner on Hopkins: “We’ll deal with his contract at the proper time”

  1. I usually say players should wait until their contracts expire, but since his unproven QB got a monster deal for such mediocre performances, Texans should make Hopkins happy. His resume is far better than Brocks.

  2. Didn’t they do Mercilus with 2 years left? Until the CBA is reworked players can’t expect their contracts to be renewed until their final year period. If they’re good enough, and we know DHop is, then they will be rewarded for their play.

  3. It’t the owners who want this type of leverage because they don’t want to be in a situation where they have to compete with the rest of the league for a top player. I don’t expect that players are going to be against getting out of a rookie contract early, but it’s the owners who get to decide when to pull the trigger. Since this benefits the owners, I don’t see this being changed in the next collective bargaining agreement.

    Think about it, if a player cries, too bad, they are under contract. However, if an owner wants to limit how much he’ll have to pay, he pays him before his contract year and they get a cheaper price. Win, win for the owner.

  4. This has got nothing to do with the CBA. Any player is welcome to try getting a clause in their contract that would allow them to void it. Some players have done so based on conditions (see Alex Mack).

    The real problem is the perception of fans who think this is an issue that can be voted on.

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