September 1, 2017 / 4:22 AM / a year ago

Hopkins agrees to rich contract extension with Texans: reports

(Reuters) - Houston Texans standout DeAndre Hopkins has agreed to the richest guaranteed contract for a wide receiver in the NFL, according to multiple media reports on Thursday.

Aug 9, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) warms up prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Hopkins will sign a five-year deal with the Texans worth $81 million with nearly $49 million guaranteed – the highest guaranteed total in the league for a receiver, the league reported on its website.

Hopkins, 25, is entering his fifth NFL season, all with Houston, and has amassed 4,487 receiving yards and 23 touchdowns on 317 catches in 64 career games. The gifted receiver reached the Pro Bowl in the 2015 season, his breakout campaign that included 111 catches, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Hopkins, who staged a brief contract holdout last off-season, was set to enter this campaign in the final year of his rookie contract which would have paid him $7.9 million.

Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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