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Texans 'certainly' will work on DeAndre Hopkins deal

Texans owner Bob McNair said the obvious when talking about receiver DeAndre Hopkins on Wednesday.

"Certainly we're going to work on (an extension) and see if we can get that taken care of," McNair said, via "It's certainly our intention."

Hopkins, 24, has one year and $7.915 million left on his rookie deal. He's currently set to hit the market in 2018.

While teams are opting to wait longer these days, the Texans' quarterback situation could put them in a precarious position. Should Brock Osweiler or some other replacement level fill-in continue to pilot the Texans' offense, Hopkins might not want to remain in Houston for much longer. They could do the ugly song and dance with the franchise tag for a year just to lose him eventually anyway.

The star wideout dropped from 192 targets in 2015 to 151 in 2016. He also dropped from 111 catches to 78, and 11 touchdowns to four.

Hopkins, who also spoke to reporters on Wednesday elsewhere, had his own ideas on how to improve the offense.

"Who wouldn't want Adrian Peterson?" Hopkins told the St. Paul Pioneer Press on Wednesday. Along with the Buccaneers and Giants, the Texans were on Peterson's potential destination wish list if he doesn't stay with Minnesota.

"We've got (running back) Lamar Miller here, but I don't think Lamar Miller would be opposed to having Adrian Peterson helping out in the backfield," Hopkins said.

Houston has one of the most complicated offseasons in football this season. Either they will need to swing a trade for a starting-caliber quarterback or spend a lot of time and empty words getting the fan base ready for another Brocktober. Even a two-headed monster of Adrian Peterson and Lamar Miller would make that palatable for a team that is literally one player away from contending for the division title.

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