DeAndre Hopkins Holding Out Of Texans' Camp
- Author: Phil Peters Jul 31, 2016,
Jul 31, 2016, 0:56
There's drama in Houston as training camp begins for the reigning AFC South champions, as star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins did not report to camp and is holding out as he wants a new contract.
Hopkins is entering his 4th season and is coming off of a spectacular season that earned him his first trip to the Pro Bowl.
Hopkins improved his production each of the last two seasons with the Texans, and he finished 2015 with a remarkable 1,521 receiving yards, 111 receptions, and 11 touchdowns.
This comes on the eve of training camp starting and one of the first holdouts for the Texans in sometime. His roster bonus is for $445,000 - nearly half of his season's salary - and that will only be paid if he is on the roster on Wednesday. That's a bargain for a player of Hopkins' quality, but it's what the Collective Bargaining Agreement dictates.
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"I'm not looking for a certain range", Hopkins said during a break at a football camp for local children. He's been one of the most electrifying players in the game since entering the league in 2013 and wants a fair contract.
Either way, this certainly isn't how Houston wanted to start the 2016 season.
If the Texans hope to compete on offense this year, especially with a new quarterback in Brock Osweiler, they will need to get Hopkins back on the field as soon as possible.