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.