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Hopkins becomes highest-paid non QB after signing Cardinals extension

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The Arizona Cardinals traded for DeAndre Hopkins in March.
Modified 08 Sep 2020, 22:56 IST

DeAndre Hopkins has signed a two-year extension with the Arizona Cardinals, according to reports, making him the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Hopkins' deal is worth $54.5million in new money, an average of $27.25m per year.

Hopkins will receive $42.75m guaranteed at signing and, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, is now tied to the Cardinals for five years for a total of $94m.

The deal keeps Hopkins under contract through the 2024 season and follows his stunning trade from the Houston Texans.

Hopkins was dealt, along with a fourth-round pick, to the Cardinals in return for running back David Johnson, a second-round pick and a 2021 fourth-rounder.

A first-round pick by the Texans in 2013, Hopkins is a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All-Pro who is expected to have a significant impact for an offense helmed by 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year Kyler Murray.

He led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2017 and has five seasons with 1,000 receiving yards in seven years in the league.

Hopkins is poised to make his Cardinals debut on Sunday when they visit division rivals and reigning NFC champions the San Francisco 49ers.

Published 08 Sep 2020, 22:56 IST
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