The Cardinals and Hopkins agreed to a two-year extension of $ 54.5 million with a $ 42.5 million guarantee, a source confirmed to ESPN.
The deal puts Hopkins in Arizona for five years – through the 2024 season – and for an annual average of $ 18.8 million, for a total of $ 94 million, meaning he will inherit the role of Larry FitzGerald with the franchise is likely to.
The deal was first reported by NFL Network on Tuesday.
The Cardinals landed Hopkins and a fourth-round pick in the blockbuster trade in March with the Houston Texans, who regained David Johnson, a second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-round pick. In acquiring Hopkins, the Cardinals also obtained their contract, a three-year, five-year, $ 81 million contract signed with Houston in 2017.
The 28-year-old Hopkins wanted a new deal at the time of the trade and was reportedly trying to restructure his existing contract with the Texans. Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said several times that it expected Ofkos to secure Hopkins for a long-term deal and said the sides were engaged in ongoing negotiations.
Hopkins took to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, indicating his relief at the lucrative expansion.
I can clearly see that it has rained now. pic.twitter.com/F6JRljSFcs
– Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) September 8, 2020
Hopkins was scheduled to earn a base salary of $ 12.5 million in 2020, sixth in the NFL behind Cincinnati’s AJ Green, Indianapolis’s TI Hilton, Buffalo’s Stephen Diggs, and Cleveland’s Odell Beckham, Jr. and Jarvis Landry Was the highest paid. Respectively.
Since being selected 27th overall in the 2013 NFL draft, Hopkins has produced a resume that has early signs of being eligible for the Hall of Fame despite passing through 10 different quarterbacks.
Hopkins has the third-most receiving yards and catches since 2013, the second-most touchdowns and the most goals in the NFL. He has the third-most receiving yardage after 2017 with 4,115 behind only Julio Jones of Atlanta and Michael Thomas of New Orleans.
Hopkins has 1,165 yards and seven touchdown catches last season – his third straight 1,000-yard season and his fifth in six years.