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After the blockbuster trade from the Texans to the Cardinals, Arizona knew they’d have to pay up for DeAndre Hopkins and he signs a big extension!

DeAndre Hopkins signs big extension with the Cardinals
Aug 19, 2020; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) during training camp at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic via USA TODAY NETWORK 2020 Arizona Cardinals Training Camp

In a deal that DeAndre Hopkins negotiated himself, the three-time all-pro will receive $54.5 million in his two-year extension. Overall, Hopkins is now signed for five years at an average of $18.8 million per season, whereas in this extension he will be averaging $27.25 million. The highest-paid receiver in the league before this deal was Julio Jones at $22 million a year, followed by Michael Thomas, Amari Cooper and Keenan Allen all at around $20 million. Before this, DeAndre Hopkins was already tied for eighth-highest paid receiver in the league had three years remaining on his five-year, $81 million contract. However, he’s far better than the No. 8 wide receiver in the league and he could potentially be even better on the Cardinals.

It will be interesting to see the kind of value that the Texans received in this trade, what they can get from David Johnson and what value that second-round pick can give them. Hopkins has made All-Pro each of the past three seasons. During his seven seasons in Houston, the former first-round pick caught 632 passes for 8,602 yards and 54 touchdowns. Last season, Hopkins caught 104 of 150 targets for 1,165 yards and seven touchdowns while helping the Texans advance to the AFC divisional round. 

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