DeAndre Hopkins has not reported to Texans' training camp because he is upset with his contract, ESPN reported Saturday. The holdout is underway.
Update: Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins did not report to training camp. He now will be subject to fines of $40,000 for each day missed.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 30, 2016
DeAndre Hopkins, per source, did not leave camp. He never reported. Major procedural differences. Story coming at PFT.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 30, 2016
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Per me and @AdamSchefter, unhappy with his contract, Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins has left camp. Holdout underway. Texans aren't negotiating.— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) July 30, 2016
Hopkins, 24, led Houston with 111 receptions, 1,521 receiving yards and 11 TD receptions last season, resulting in a trip to the Pro Bowl. And he did that despite the Texans starting five different quarterbacks last season. Hopkins' impressive 2015 season came on the heels of a 76-catch, 1,210-yard, six-TD season in 2014.
Hopkins, the 27th overall pick in the 2013 draft, is set to earn a base salary of $1 million this season and that will jump to nearly $8 million next season. But he obviously wants more security (and salary).
An extended absence could prove costly for the Texans because new starting QB Brock Osweiler needs time to build a rapport with his receivers.
With Hopkins holding out and defensive end J.J. Watt sidelined after back surgery, the Texans are without arguably their two best players early in camp.