What Antonio Brown’s new contract means for Texans, DeAndre Hopkins

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DeAndre Hopkins is about to get paid by the Houston Texans.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have made wide receiver Antonio Brown the highest paid player at his position after signing him to a new contract that will pay him over $17 million a year.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the details:

We already know the Texans intend on getting an extension done for DeAndre Hopkins who’s current contract runs out after this season. So they have a year to figure out how they’re going

With Hopkins considered one of the NFL’s top wide receivers, I would imagine his next deal will be right around what Brown is taking home.

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The good news for the Texans is that they will save $6.9 million in cap space next year when cornerback Johnathan Joseph’s contract is up. I can’t imagine they will re-sign him since he’ll be 34 years-old by then.

The Texans can also cut star linebacker Brian Cushing as well as quarterback Brock Osweiler next offseason, which would save them a total of  $30.7 million under the cap.

Getting rid of Osweiler alone would be enough for Houston to give Hopkins a new contract.  But I also believe they’ll end up moving on from Cushing and Joseph.

Hopefully the Houston Texans will soon find a franchise quarterback so they can get their money’s worth when they do hand Hopkins a huge contract.

When everything is all said and done, the good news is that the Texans will have no problem signing Hopkins to a new contract next year.

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