The Arizona Cardinals made DeAndre Hopkins the highest paid non-quarterback in NFL history.
Sources: The #AZCardinals are making star WR DeAndre Hopkins the highest paid non-QB ever, giving him a 2-year contract extension worth $54.5M in new money -- $27.25M per year. Hopkins, who did the deal himself, gets $42.75M guaranteed at signing.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2020
The Cards made the move to acquire Hopkins in March with an understanding that they would be giving Hopkins an extension.
That was not because Hopkins didn't have time left on his contract, but instead he had no guarantees left in his last contract. Now, he has just under $43 million in guarantees, giving him a five-year deal total.
The Cardinals and Hopkins both get what they want out of the deal.
The Cardinals are able to retain a three-time All Pro wide receiver and Hopkins gets his guaranteed money back for the final big payday of his career.
Now, the Arizona Cardinals will focus on the start of the 2020 NFL season.
Maybe even a contract extension for Patrick Peterson coming later in the season.
Congratulations to the Arizona Cardinals and Hopkins on getting things taken care of.