Hopkins ends holdout with Texans, still seeking new deal

Posted August 01, 2016

The Texans picked up the fifth-year option of his contract, so he technically has two seasons left on his deal. For each day he misses, Hopkins can be fined $40,000 by the team.

"His actions are counterintuitive to any of the productive energy that is necessary for anything to get done", Smith said of Hopkins after the team's first training camp practice on Sunday morning. "Our focus is on the 2016 season and all of our collective efforts and attention will be centered on that endeavor".

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Hopkins is playing under his rookie contract signed in 2013 as the team's first round selection. Every day that Hopkins misses is less of a chance he has for a big season.

If the Texans want to remain competitive on offense beyond 2016, they'll need to pay Hopkins his money. Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas and Julio Jones all make at least $14 million per year, while lesser wideouts like Doug Baldwin and Keenan Allen both inked deals this offseason paying them above $11 million per year.

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According to reports, the Texans had agreed to work on a new contract for Hopkins if he returned. On Saturday, the Texans learned they would also be without their best offensive player.

As much as Brown has been disappointed with his contract with the Steelers, his veteran bump came a long four years ago before Hopkins entered the league in '13. Having said that I am returning to the Houston Texans to play for the Superbowl (sic) in Houston, Texas. "I love coaching the guy and I speak for everybody here that he's a heck of a player and when he comes back he'll be thrown right in there". Thomas trailed Hopkins in receptions, yards and touchdowns during the 2015 regular season. He also needs to report by August 4 - this coming Thursday - to secure a $440,000 roster bonus.

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