*This article has been updated to reflect changes to the Hopkins hold-out situation.
DeAndre Hopkins wants to lock up a long-term deal with the Houston Texans and has decided not to report to training camp according to multiple reports. Adam Schefter of ESPN points out Hopkins fines for the holdout:
Hopkins finished last season with 111 receptions, 1,521 receiving yards, and 11 touchdowns. What impressed me the most was that Hopkins had four different quarterbacks throw him the ball last season.
Hopkins is set to earn just $1 million in base salary this coming season and it will go up to $8 million next season which is understandable why he wants more. Training camp is essential, especially with new quarterback Brock Osweiler learning the offense and his receivers.
UPDATE: Hopkins is no longer holding out. According to NFL.com, Hopkins has ended his 1-day hold out saying:
“I, too, am disappointed that the Texans’ organization has elected not to enter into contract negotiations to secure my future as a Texan. I have expressed my sincere position regarding my contract status and I, too, with sound mind have expressed my stance to the Texans’ organization. My focus also is on the 2016 season and help my team reach our ultimate goal. Having said that I am returning to the Houston Texans to play for a Super Bowl in Houston, Texas. I will be holding a 12 noon Monday press conference at Reliant Stadium. I am excited about returning to the team and grind this camp.”