DeAndre Hopkins jumped ship from the Houston Texans to the Arizona Cardinals in the 2020 offseason. The deal was slammed by a legion of Texans fans.
They argued that the star wide receiver, DeAndre, was worth more than running back David Johnson, a 2020 second-round pick, and a 2021 fourth-round pick. Some popular sportswriters even billed it as the worst deal of all time.
Now, Hopkins managed to negotiate a new extension which will see him in Arizona up until 2024. DeAndre’s new deal will rake in $54.5 million, with $42 million in guarantees.
This means that Hopkins stands to earn a total of $94 million over the next five seasons. Apart from the staggering money involved, another interesting fact of this deal was that Hopkins negotiated it himself.
Hopkins recently opened up about his new contract. The veteran NFL wideout negotiated his own deal amidst all the uncertainty due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s ownership and me believing in myself and my abilities to study the terminology of contracts and me knowing where I want to be after football.
“I know one day I want to be a part of an organization and help build it, so I feel like this was a good time to learn and study everything that hopefully, I’ll one day be doing.”
“I think also just showing other players that you can get things done yourself if you believe in yourself and have the right team around you. Agents are great.
“There’s never no knock on the agent or nothing against the agent that I had previously. There was no bad ties with them. It was just something that I wanted to do myself,” Hopkins said via the Arizona Republic.
“There was a lot of reading, a lot of nights staying up late learning the language and terminology of everything. My advisers, my team that I had, those guys are with me and have been with me for years now. They’re not just advisers, but also family and mentors to me.”
“It’s a small group of people but we knew this is what we wanted to do going forward and we made it happen,” Hopkins added.
Hopkins has his eyes set on a career in management somewhere down the line. His new contract will assure that he remains in Arizona for the next five years at the least.
He will carefully serve as an understudy to the Cardinals GM Steve Keim. We won’t be surprised if Hopkins bags a management gig post the completion of his contract.