By Brien O’Donal
Finally! The moment we’ve all been waiting for…DeAndre Hopkins has his contract extended. I don’t know about you, but his deal making him the receiver with the most guaranteed money is what I figured HAD to happen. But still, $81 million with $49 million guaranteed is a hefty price tag. But like I said, it had to be done. I also think the end of the preseason was going to be the final deadline to get it done. If Hopkins had begun the season without a new deal he might have decided to play it out and seek employment elsewhere.
Despite what happened last year, his talent is still obvious. Signing Lamar Miller last year and hopefully shoring up the running back position completely with D’Onta Foreman; getting Hopkins to stay in Houston for 5 more years was the best move to make so this offense still has playmakers on the outside to threaten downfield. He will be a great security blanket to help bring the future franchise quarterback Deshaun Watson along slowly. Having a young quarterback with no star receiver to throw to will only diminish his confidence.
Now was the time to make it happen. While Watson is young and costing a comparatively small price (4 years/$13.85 million), the McNair was smart to give Hopkins the big money now. I know that it’s hard to believe that a receiver is worth that price tag considering that the team is built on defense, and will probably lean heavy on the run; but the NFL is a passing league and without him the offense would be very one dimensional. Remember what it was like to not be able to throw the ball well last season? That had to do with the quarterback, but the overall results are the same.
Hopkins is now signed for 5 years. In that time we will find out if Watson is worth what was given up to get him, but at least he won’t be able to say he had no one to throw to. The next item on the agenda should be the Duane Brown situation. Now that they spent big money on Hopkins I will be interested to see how they address the offensive line problems. After all, Hopkins won’t have time to get open if the quarterback is on the ground before he has time to see the field.
Also; the Texans extended fullback Jay Prosch, tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz, and safety Andre Hal. Yay!
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