Houston Texans give DeAndre Hopkins $81 million contract, the largest for a wide receiver in the NFL

HOUSTON (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says the Houston Texans and wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins have agreed to a five-year, $US81 million contract extension.

The person spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced by the teams.

The deal, which includes $US49 million guaranteed, comes as the star receiver was entering the last year of his contract.

The $US16.2 million average annual value is second to Antonio Brown ($US17.0 million) among wide receivers. However, the total value and the total guaranteed are both tops among all receivers.

Hopkins was the 27th overall pick in the 2013 draft. He has piled up 4,487 yards receiving in his first four seasons, including a career-high 1,521 in 2015 despite playing with a revolving door of quarterbacks.

The 25-year-old has 23 receiving touchdowns in his career and will be the centrepiece of an offence that is looking to bounce back after a tough 2016 season with Brock Osweiler at quarterback.


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