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DeAndre Hopkins landed his long-sought contract extension, according to multiple reports.
The three-time All-Pro wide receiver agreed Tuesday to a two-year, $54.5 million extension with the Arizona Cardinals that includes $42.5 million guaranteed, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.
Hopkins entered Tuesday ninth on the list of the highest paid wide receivers in the NFL with an average annual salary of $16.2 million.
Hopkins is under contract for three more seasons on a deal that will pay him $12.5 million this year, $13.5 million in 2021 and $13.9 million in 2022. He had been seeking to re-work his deal in Houston for more money before being traded from the Texans to Arizona.
A three-time All-Pro selection and four-time Pro Bowl pick, Hopkins has recorded 632 catches for 8,602 yards and 54 touchdowns in seven years.
Hopkins was recently named to the top 10 of the NFL’s Top 100 list for 2020, which is voted on by players.
He was the No. 2 wide receiver on the list.
Hopkins missed some practices in camp and some speculation surfaced that he was holding out for a new contract.
The wide receiver quieted that speculation with a tweet: “No Deandre Hopkins is not holding out. From the source.”
“He’s working, getting better each day and I expect him back soon,” Kingsbury told reporters at the time.
“He’s been so productive in this league. He’s a pro’s pro when it comes to knowing what it takes to have his body ready and his mind ready to perform at a high level Week 1,” Kingsbury added. “You’d obviously like Kyler to get a few more reps with him, but they got some great work in this summer and he’s a guy who is going to present himself well on the field for a young quarterback. We don’t worry too much about it, knowing what he’s done in this league and what he’s about.”