CBS Houston – The standoff between player and management did not last as long as people had suspected. Late Sunday afternoon it was reported that wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins had ended his holdout and he would be in camp Monday.
Hopkins who was in jeopardy on missing out on a nearly half million dollar roster bonus this Wednesday (08/03/16) will no longer have to worry now that he will report to camp.
The pro bowl wide receiver made news in the offseason sharing his feelings about wanting to be paid what he is worth. While he did not hold out very long, he brought a lot of attention to his plight.
By not showing up to camp, his fellow teammates were left to share their thoughts on his absence.
Like Hopkins, J.J. Watt was about in the same position with the Texans managent a few seasons back. He was one of the best players in the NFL and yet Watt was making pennies compared to some of the other players at his position were making. Watt handled the situation differently but ultimately the team stepped up rewarded him with a new contract.
“Obviously, I’m a player so I believe that players should do what they feel is best for them, J.J. Watt said, “I’m a player so I advocate for players to get paid.”
With the average NFL career just above three seasons. It’s easy to understand why Hopkins wants to be paid what he is worth. Entering his fourth year he is still two full seasons away from becoming a free agent.
Cecil Shorts the lone veteran at wide receiver with Hopkins missing Sunday was fully behind the pro bowler’s choice to skip the first official day.
“That’s my brother,” Cecil Shorts said, “we support him.”
Hopkins also received more backing in the from one of the newest Texans.
“He’s a great friend and he’s a great teammate, so I’m going to be there to support him,” Brock Osweiler said.
This training camp the Texans had hoped to have Osweiler and Hopkins catching as many passes as they could in order for the two to build chemistry. But after holding out for just mere hours, the team can now breathe a sigh of relief.
When Hopkins does show up Monday, expect it to be like he was never gone.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for DeAndre Hopkins, I love coaching the guy,” Head coach Bill O’Brien said, “I think I speak for everybody here that he’s a heck of a player and when he comes back he’s going to be thrown right in there and that’s the way it’s going to go.”
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