Hopkins left training camp and began a holdout this morning, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
As the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Hopkins is heading into the fourth year of his rookie contract, and he’s due a base salary of $1 million this year. That’s a bargain for a player of Hopkins’ quality, but it’s what the Collective Bargaining Agreement dictates.
Next year, the Texans can keep Hopkins by picking up his fifth-year option and paying him $7.915 million. Hopkins is obviously looking for a deal that would pay him considerably more than $8.915 million over the next two years, and more for a few years after that as well.
Last week, the story said, Hopkins commented he wanted the Texans to pay him “what I’m worth,” but he did not elaborate on his feelings. By walking out of camp, he has made his feelings clear. This doesn't seem like a good sign, but it remains to be seen if this is a one-day protest or something that will keep him out for a while. Hopkins is ranked fourth on our WR list and is poised for a big year with the hope of some QB consistency as Brock Osweiler takes over. We'll keep you posted on the developments.