HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – DeAndre Hopkins will have yet another starting quarterback as he enters his fifth year in the NFL in 2017.
Late Thursday afternoon the Texans announced they had traded quarterback Brock Osweiler along with a second round pick to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a fourth round selection in the upcoming draft and significant salary cap relief.
“Brock was a great teammate,” Hopkins said. “I wish him the best I know he has a lot he can prove in this league and I know he’s going to prove everybody wrong that’s doubted him.”
Hopkins praised General Manager Rick Smith and he hopes that the Texans GM will bring in the right quarterback next.
“Rick Smith is one of the best in the game at his job,” Hopkins said. “I have no doubt that the Texans organization is going to do what is best for the Texans organization.”
Hopkins lost another when free agency began as free agent corner AJ Bouye signed a five-year $67.5 million contract with the Jacksonville Jaguars with $26 million in guarantees. He’s expecting Bouye to match-up against him twice next season.
“I told AJ (Bouye) if he goes to (Jacksonville) then he better be the dude guarding me on third down instead of Jalen (Ramsey) because he couldn’t get the job done,” Hopkins said jokingly. “I love AJ, but hopefully he’s the one guarding me on third down to win the game next year for those guys. They might have a better chance.”
Hopkins, who was speaking Friday morning to students at Wisdom High School in Houston about his personal experiences being around his mother who was a victim of domestic violence and encouraging kids to speak out when they see the warning signs.
As for Hopkins own future with the Texans, he was mum on details regarding a potential contract extension. He alluded to his agent and the Texans taking care of the deal while he continues to focus on football.