Wide receiver Deandre Hopkins and the Arizona Cardinals have reached an agreement on an extension as the four-time Pro Bowler signed an extension worth $54.5 million, including $42.5 million guaranteed, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Hopkins, who was selected in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft, shockingly changed teams this offseason when the Texans pulled off a surprise trade and traded the superstar wide receiver to the Cardinals. The new extension is set to keep Hopkins with the Cardinals for five years -- through the 2024 season -- and $94 million total, for an annual average of $18.8 million.
Since entering the league, Hopkins has been one of the most productive players at his position and he is a strong candidate to one day enter the Hall of Fame. Interestingly, Hopkins negotiated most of the deal without his agent as he also revealed his new deal includes the no-trade clause and a no-franchise-tag clause.
Hopkins wants to have success with the Cardinals
"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," Hopkins said.
"I know that one day I want to be part of an organization to help build it, so I feel like this was a good time to learn and study everything that hopefully one day I'll be doing. So, I think also just showing other players that you can get things done yourself."
Meanwhile, running back Kareem Hunt and the Cleveland Browns have reached an agreement on a two-year extension, worth $13.25 million, including $8.5 million guaranteed, a source told ESPN. Hunt, who signed with the Browns last offseason, has been a great addition to the team so far and the Browns rewarded him with a new extension.
"Kareem Hunt is a core component of our offense. He has been a great teammate, outstanding worker, and steadfast in his desire to have success in his hometown for the long term," Browns general manager Andre Berry said in a statement.
"Personal growth is often times non-linear but Kareem has remained committed to becoming the best version of himself and we are proud of the redemptive strides he has taken. He understands the opportunity he has in front of him -- provided he maintains his current personal trajectory -- and we look forward to the contributions he will continue to make to our team."