Cardinals signed Hopkins – Arizona Cardinals Do What Bill O’Brien Should Have Done!
The NFL world was shocked earlier this year when Houston Texans head coach/general manager Bill O’Brien traded DeAndre Hopkins, arguably the best wide receiver in the NFL. What made matters worse was he did it for peanuts (David Johnson and draft picks).
But what made matters even worse for fans was when they found out why O’Brien did it—he wanted a raise.
For a guy with three years left on his current deal, the obvious answer would have been, “No, but you’ll get one with your next extension.” Whether Hopkins deserved one goes without saying. To produce as he has over the years despite the embarrassing collection of quarterbacks O’Brien has used is all the proof he needed.
Rather than do the right thing, O’Brien ships him off to Arizona, who has decided to do the right thing. The Cardinals have signed Hopkins to a two-year extension worth $54.5 million with $42.75 million guaranteed at signing and a $27.5 million signing bonus.
If all that wasn’t impressive enough, he got a no-trade and no-franchise-tag clauses included and acted as his own agent!
Last year, according to Spotrac.com, Hopkins made $16.2 million, which saw him tied for sixth among wide receivers with Brandin Cooks, despite being one of the top three wide receivers in the league. So, it is not hard to understand why he wanted more money.
With an average annual salary of $27.25 million, Hopkins will become the highest-paid non-quarterback in league history.
Now that Houston finally had a good quarterback, the sky appeared to be the limit for Hopkins in Houston– which should have been a good thing for the Texans. But O’Brien thought differently. Hopkins will once again be paired with a talented, young quarterback in Kyler Murray. But this time, he’ll have a head coach that knows how to make the most of his skillset.
Things couldn’t have worked out better than they did for Hopkins. He’s getting paid what he is worth on a team that will make the most of him. As for O’Brien, thanks to all the trades he’s made the Texans will be lucky to make the playoffs.
He’ll need to be even luckier to keep his job.