Cardinals sign receiver DeAndre Hopkins to a new five-year deal

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When the Texans traded receiver DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals, he had three years left on his existing contract. The Texans traded him in large part because he wanted a new deal.

He finally has gotten one.

Some, including the person who broke the story, are calling it a two-year, $54.5 million extension with a whopping $27.25 million new-money average. Others, including someone who didn’t break the story, are calling it a five-year, $94 million contract, with an $18 million average at signing.

The last year reportedly is voidable, which could make it a one-year, $39.585 million extension. Or, as the case may be, a four-year, $79 million contract. It’s currently unclear what will be needed to cause the final year of the contract to void.

The deal also reportedly includes a no-trade clause and a commitment not to apply the franchise tag to Hopkins.

The difference in the two characterizations of the contracts underscores the inherent differences between the new-money analysis and the analysis of the value of a contract at the time it is signed. No player signs an extension; he signs a new contract that replaces the old one. That’s what Hopkins will do, transferring a three-year commitment into a five-year contract that potentially could become a four-year deal.

So it’s a two-year, $27.25 million extension which pushes the total value to $94 million over five years ($18 million per year) or $79 million over four years ($19.75 million per year).

Ultimately, Hopkins is a Cardinal because the Cardinals did what the Texans wouldn’t do: Rip up the three-year contract and replace it with a new five- or four-year deal.

38 responses to “Cardinals sign receiver DeAndre Hopkins to a new five-year deal

  1. The Texans never would’ve done that with him, best thing he ever did was get out of the state of Texas and as far away from Bill O’Brien as possible

  2. Hopkins signed the original contract, if I am a GM I am holding him to that and not handing out free money that can be allocated elsewhere to make the overall team better.

  3. If I’m reading correctly it’s less per year than Cooper or Green? Or maybe it’s more because he negotiated it himself and saved agent fees?

  4. I don’t know how Seattle contains this guy with zero ability to stop the run. Hopkins has been wide open all over their secondary in the past and because of their all time bad Dline situation…even a secondary that is loaded with talent can’t cover for 12 seconds.I’m affraid Murray might be the new and younger Russell Wilson.

  5. This is a reasonable contract that has to be seen as a “win” for the cardinals. Signing him through his age 32 season at a new AAV of $18+m is a lot lower than many were projecting. All for the cost of a 2nd round pick…

  6. For those who think the Bills gave too much for Diggs when they all said we could have had Hopkins, THIS is why it was a smart move by the Bills. They would have to give Hopkins big time Money which would have gone to Tre White, and others. In the Mean time, Diggs is under contract for at least a few more years at a much more affordable rate. Yeah.. I’m happy with the way things turned out.

  7. 20 mil per for Demarius Thomas part 2.

    How is it these teams never learn? You could have 3 Edelmans at around 7 mil per for that money, even though 20-25 mil per is too much for wr allocation, let alone lne dude a step away from
    a hammy or a concussion.

    How Keim is still employed, I have no idea.

  8. I’m sure a lot of teams will be unhappy that a team caved to a guy with THREE YEARS left on his contract to give him even more $$$$. Hopefully DH can now find a way to cope and make ends meet with this extension. Absurd $$ for a WR. How many teams win a SB because of their WRs? lol. Not begrudging him; good for him. But c’mon now…

  9. Bill O’Brien is just a puzzling guy. He hands out elite money contracts to ok/good players and immediately trade his elite wide rceiver when he wants a new bigger contract. Trade him for pennies on the dollar may I add.

  10. The receiver market is going up (all started with OBJ) and he’s one of the best, so the contract makes sense.

  11. Worst case scenario, he bombs and the contract is terrible.

    Best case scenario, he continues to be great… and in 2 or 3 years starts pouting and throwing tantrums because other receivers are getting bigger contracts than he has.

  12. jackedupboonie says:
    September 8, 2020 at 1:29 pm
    I don’t know how Seattle contains this guy with zero ability to stop the run. Hopkins has been wide open all over their secondary in the past and because of their all time bad Dline situation…even a secondary that is loaded with talent can’t cover for 12 seconds.I’m affraid Murray might be the new and younger Russell Wilson

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    We shall see. Seattle has 4 new starters on defense. And the hawks have been to the playoffs every year except one over the last 8 years with Russell Wilson at the helm. I know everyone is high on the cardinals right now but making it through the NFC west is going to be tough especially when you haven’t been competitive for years.

  13. Hear that loud shriek? That’s the echo of Jalen Ramsey screaming after hearing that Hopkins got an extension from the team that just traded for him.

  14. The Cardinals have paid Larry Fitzgerald close to 180 million dollars and have not won a Superbowl.Maybe paying a wide receiver a boatload of Money is not the answer to have a successful organization

  15. And no agent commissions to pay, well negotiated Mr. Hopkins…there is a career waiting for you once playing days are over.

  16. I think this is a little high, but I get it. Fitzgerald will retire soon, and the meat of this contract will be with other receivers on their rookie contracts. So essentially you are paying one elite receiver, while planning to draft the next hyped receiver out of Alabama.

  17. You already have him under contract for 3 more years. Why rip it up just to overpay for a guy that will be 32 and 33 when the extension kicks in?

  18. D-Hop is arguably the best receiver in the NFL. He has had great stats, every year, even though he’s had some pretty bad QBs to work with.

    Hopkins is going to make Murray look great. The man catches almost everything, and makes sure that defenders don’t get the ball when he misses.

  19. Football God says:
    September 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm
    The Cardinals have paid Larry Fitzgerald close to 180 million dollars and have not won a Superbowl.Maybe paying a wide receiver a boatload of Money is not the answer to have a successful organization

    11 6 Rate This
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    The southern teams are huge on nba style stars marketed to their weak fanbases to fill seats and sell jerseys.

    Or, the GM can get it and build consistently good or great teams.

    It’s the parallel we’ve seen for a long time now. It’s why Florida teams are always over-hyped as income tax free hyped free agents flock there.

  20. D-Hop is arguably the best receiver in the NFL
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    That’s the perception, but he finished 10th yards, 12th in TDs, 18th in 20+ yard gains and averaged only 11.1 yards per catch (average). Kenny Golladay is probably the best WR in the NFL right now (blows away D—Hop in all those things) and just happens to be up for a new deal too.

  21. It’s really unfortunate this couldn’t have been renegotiated with the Texans. It’s not an unreasonable amount of money, but unfortunately for the Texans this became more about the inability for Hopkins and O’Brien to work together. I wish him the best in Arizona and hope he lives up to this extension.

  22. “That’s the perception, but he finished 10th yards, 12th in TDs, 18th in 20+ yard gains and averaged only 11.1 yards per catch (average)”

    Stats need to have a little reality around them.

    D-Hop had as his QBs…….Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, Fitzpatrick, Mallet, Hoyer, Yates, Weeden, Osweiller, Savage, and Watson. Most of those QBs were terrible, but D-Hop still did well.

    ANd he has 13.6 yards/rec career.

    Golladay has Stafford….a much better QB than most if not all of the QBs that Hopkins had. You also need to look at the many dozens of times that Texan QBs threw Hopkins 50/50 balls, and Hopkins came down with them most of the time.

  23. “That’s the perception, but he finished 10th yards, 12th in TDs, 18th in 20+ yard gains and averaged only 11.1 yards per catch (average)”

    Stats need to have a little reality around them.

    D-Hop had as his QBs…….Matt Schaub, Case Keenum, Fitzpatrick, Mallet, Hoyer, Yates, Weeden, Osweiller, Savage, and Watson. Most of those QBs were terrible, but D-Hop still did well.

    ANd he has 13.6 yards/rec career.

    Golladay has Stafford….a much better QB than most if not all of the QBs that Hopkins had. You also need to look at the many dozens of times that Texan QBs threw Hopkins 50/50 balls, and Hopkins came down with them most of the time.

  24. Football God says:
    September 8, 2020 at 2:21 pm
    The Cardinals have paid Larry Fitzgerald close to 180 million dollars and have not won a Superbowl.Maybe paying a wide receiver a boatload of Money is not the answer to have a successful organization

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    Or maybe the problem isn’t Larry Fitzgerald (looks at their entire management and roster over the past decade.)

  25. I agree Hopkins is an outstanding receiver and top 3 or 4 in the NFL. However, demanding a re-nogotiation with three years remaining? He threatened to hold out right? Come on man! I get that he outplayed his contract but he wasn’t even halfway through the contract he not so long ago signed. Just saying….

  26. When you actually watch the guys play, and see who makes the difficult plays game in and game out, Hopkins and Antonio Brown were the 2 best WR’s. Now, Hopkins is the best. It takes a lot of time and work to evaluate players. Looking at a stat sheet takes 5 seconds, and doesn’t require any football knowledge.

  27. Prediction: he plays through the guaranteed portion of the contract and pockets the signing bonuses, then holds out for a new deal

  28. LOL at 2 dudes in this comments section.

    The guy telling us how it’s such a simple solution to sign 3 “Edelmans” for the price of one Hopkins. Like those $7 million Edelman’s are just THAT easy to find.

    The guy practically saying that paying Larry Fitzgerald is the reason the Cards haven’t won a Superbowl.

    Anyways, congrats to Hopkins on this huge signing! I’m sorry that it’s being overshadowed by a damn Madden ranking in the news today.

  29. supercharger says:
    September 8, 2020 at 3:50 pm
    D-Hop is arguably the best receiver in the NFL
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    That’s the perception, but he finished 10th yards, 12th in TDs, 18th in 20+ yard gains and averaged only 11.1 yards per catch (average). Kenny Golladay is probably the best WR in the NFL right now (blows away D—Hop in all those things) and just happens to be up for a new deal too.

    6 6 Rate This

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    The fantasy playing Millennials and video game dorks don’t like facts. He’a good but also overrated.

    He is not worth 20 mil per.

    Until he actually has an impact in a postseason game, he’ll just be bery good and not great.

  30. softhelmet says:
    September 8, 2020 at 1:50 pm
    The receiver market is going up (all started with OBJ) and he’s one of the best, so the contract makes sense.
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    This is guaranteed to be the last year the WR market will go up for many seasons to come. This contract ABSOLUTELY DOES NOT MAKE ANY SENSE especially since the cap is dropping to at least $175mil in 2021(down $40mil from the projected $215mil it was supposed to be) and it’ll fall futher from there in the coming years so this and any other contract handed out in the last few months is basically a 1yr contract because they’ll all have to get reworked next off-season and again the season after that and again the seas…………………….

    It was stupid by these teams to put all this work into these high dollar long term contract’s that will only be good for 1yr, what a waste of time and man-power.

  31. This isn’t a popular opinion, but Hopkins needed to go. For starters, he didn’t want to be in Houston anymore. He specifically said that he did everything he could to force a trade.

    Secondly, the Texans had a “franchise LT” to re-sign, they had a “franchise QB” to extend, and they had JJ Watt with a huge contract, there was really no room to give Hopkins another deal with 3 years remaining on his current deal.

    Bill O’Brien was robbed though, I think had he actually taken the time to shop Hopkins, he would have gotten a LOT more than a broken down RB and a 4th round pick.

    The Texans are a complete dumpster fire. When Bob McNair passed away, he left the team to his son, who clearly isn’t ready to or competent enough to run a professional football team. They gave GM duties to a Head Coach that should have been let go years ago, and they’re effectively treading water. They wasted and squandered their opportunity to win a championship while the division was down.

    Once the players protest tomorrow night and the fan base drops out, then the Texans post a 6-10 record, the wheels will completely fall off and the franchise can then re-build.

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