During the off season, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins was traded to Arizona Cardinals from the Texans. At the time, this really surprised me as I just can’t picture him in any other jersey but the Texans.
Basically, the Texans traded Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick to Arizona in exchange for running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round selection and a 2021 fourth-round pick. Hopkins still had three years remaining on a five-year, $81 million extension which he signed in August 2017. At the Houston Texans he would’ve brought home $12.5 million, $13.5 million and $13.9 million over the next three seasons.
Now with the Arizona Cardinals, DeAndre Hopkins is the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history, having signing a two-year contract extension worth a reported $54.5 million. Most impressively, and it is something we are seeing more and more players do – he negotiated the deal himself. He is now going to receive $42.75 million guaranteed and an average of $27.25 million per season in 2023 and 2024.