Reports: Texans sign rookie Hopkins


Media reports are stating the Houston Texans have signed rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins to a contract.

The Houston Chronicle’s John McClain said Monday Hopkins agreed to a four-year contract for $7.62 million with a $3.92 million signing bonus.

Hopkins was the 27th player selected in the 2013 NFL Draft as he was drafted out of Clemson.

In his draft analysis, Mike Mayock of said of the Texans’ pick of Hopkins, “If you want to argue with that pick, put the LSU tape on. He took the game over in the fourth quarter. He took the game over when it mattered most. He competes as well as anyone I’ve seen.”

Compared to Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons, Hopkins caught 82 receptions his senior season for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. For his college career, he had 205 catches for 2,009 yards and 27 touchdowns.

His longest catch of his career came last season at 62 yards. He averaged 17.1 yards per reception last year, up from 13.6 and 12.3 ypc his junior and sophomore seasons.

Hopkins is expected to battle for the No. 2 wide receiver spot in camp, opposite of Andre Johnson.

It is also being reported the Texans have signed rookies D.J. Swearinger (wide receiver) and Brennan Williams (offensive tackle).

Later in the day, Houston released Ra’Shon Harris, a three-year nose tackle out of Oregon.

They also placed Orhlan Johnson, a safety, and Sam Montgomery, an outside linebacker, on the Active/Non-Football Injury list.

Earl Okline, a defensive end, was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform List.