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Hopkins Holdout Could Cost

It is no secret that Houston Texans offensive star Deandre Hopkins deserves to be paid. Hopkins is coming off a season in which he amassed 111 catches for 1,521 yards and a franchise record 11 touchdowns. Still on his rookie deal, Hopkins has more than earned himself a new contract. Hopkins is vastly underpaid for his production, as some members of twitter kindly pointed out:

It is a great leverage by Hopkins and you can not blame him for that, on the contrary, the timing of this holdout is very bad for a Texans team trying to win championships. Deandre Hopkins had a phenomenal season last year while catching passes from the likes of Brandon Weeden, TJ Yates, Ryan Mallet, and Brian Hoyer. The logical assumption is that Hopkins can be as good as he was last year with any quarterback throwing the football and that would be a wise assumption by most. Looking back at the history of previous offensive stars’ holdouts, it paints a grim picture. Here is a brief list of players who held out and the year they held out:

  1. Mike Wallace, 2008
  2. Chris Johnson, 2011
  3.  Larry Johnson, 2007
  4. Michael Crabtree, 2009

Each of these players saw a substantial decrease in effectiveness the year they held out. Mike Wallace experienced a down year in the form of only 836 yards and struggled mightily with drops all season. Chris Johnson came into the 2011 season patting his feet behind the line of scrimmage all game it seemed, never deciding where to run with the ball. He rushed for 1,024 yards on a career worst 4 yards per carry and admitted that he was not ready to play football. Larry Johnson hurt his foot midway through and never played a game after week 9. Michael Crabtree held out his rookie season until October, he barely had more than 50 yards average per game and the team ended up finding other options like Randy Moss to help Alex Smith in the passing attack. Dez Bryant did not even hold out last season but merely threatened to and experienced the worst season of his career as it was derailed by injuries.

Antonio Brown said it best,” Holdouts always end badly. Just look at history. It always ends badly. It wouldn’t be the best decision.” Maybe its the feeling of being paid or maybe its the missed time, whatever it is, after an offensive player attempts a holdout the corresponding season goes very poorly. Let’s hope that is not the case with Deandre Hopkins this season, and let’s hope newly resigned GM Rick Smith solves this problem as soon as possible.


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