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Texans sign DeAndre Hopkins to 5-year, $81M deal

DeAndre Hopkins received his massive contract extension ahead of the 2017 regular season.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday that the Houston Texans have signed the superstar receiver to a five-year contract extension, according to a source informed of the deal. Thea team later made the announcement official.

The extension is worth $81 million with nearly $49 million guaranteed, per Rapoport and NFL Network's James Palmer.

The 25-year-old former first-round pick was slated to enter the final year of his rookie contract, earning $7.915 million. He's now signed through 2022.

The extension places Hopkins atop the receivers' market in terms of guaranteed money. Julio Jones and Demaryius Thomas signed deals with $35 million guaranteed.

The massive contract extension placed Hopkins in line more with his production as the Texans go-to target. Playing with a gaggle of underwhelming quarterbacks, Hopkins has earned 317 receptions and 4,487 yards and 23 touchdowns in four seasons.

Last offseason Hopkins staged a brief holdout in hopes to get a new contract. A year later the man who has carried the Texans offense got paid.

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