All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins hopes to play his entire career with the Houston Texans.
“If I can play my whole career here, I would,” Hopkins said, via the Houston Chronicle. “I love this place. I love this organization. I love the fans here. I’ll never forget after we went 2-14 (2013), I don’t recall too many fans bailing out on us. It speaks a lot about this city and who they are.”
The Texans drafted Hopkins with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2013 draft. He’s since produced 239 receptions for 3,533 yards and 19 touchdowns over the last three seasons, including back-to-back years with over 1,000 receiving yards. Last season, he caught a career-high 111 passes for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns—earning a trip to the Pro Bowl and second team All-Pro honors.
Hopkins is technically entering the final year of his rookie contract in 2016, but the Texans can exercise their team option to extend his contract through 2017.
Another avenue for both sides is a long-term deal.
Locking up Hopkins on a multi-year contract wouldn’t be cheap for the Texans. Deals signed by Julio Jones, Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas over the last year all included at least $70 million in total money and over $40 million guaranteed. With the salary cap increasing in 2016, Hopkins—who is still only 23 years old—could realistically exceed all three players with a new deal.
The Texans should have the next two years to get something done for a receiver who has produced elite numbers despite Houston playing musical chairs at quarterback.
Clearly, Hopkins won’t need to be persuaded to stay.