TEMPE, Ariz. – DeAndre Hopkins is one of the NFL's best players. Someday, he'd like to run one of the game's best organizations.
So during the past few weeks, the 28-year-old receiver has spent lots of late nights studying the terminology of contracts and the art of negotiation. Considering he wants to be responsible for making bold front-office deals in the future, he might as well start with his own.
Hopkins and the Cardinals agreed to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday that will keep the three-time All-Pro in Arizona through the 2024 season. Terms weren't disclosed, but the NFL Network reported that the extension is worth $54.5 million over two years. The receiver is guaranteed $42.75 million.
Hopkins said he worked on about 90% of the deal and had some help from advisers. Cardinals GM Steve Keim said “it was a great process” and he got to know the receiver even better during negotiations.
“Throughout the process, everything was positive with the organization," Hopkins said. “I've learned a lot, not just on the field, but off the field."
His new deal has a no-trade clause and no-franchise tag clause.
Arizona hopes Hopkins will be one of the cornerstones of an offense that includes second-year quarterback Kyler Murray, running back Kenyan Drake and receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Christian Kirk. The Cardinals open the season on Sunday with a road game against the NFC champion San Francisco 49ers.
The Cardinals landed the 6-foot-1, 212-pound receiver in a surprising trade with the Texans during the offseason, sending veteran running back David Johnson to Houston. He's been one of the NFL's most consistent and productive pass catchers in recent years, with at least 1,100 yards receiving in five of the past six seasons.