Sources: Hopkins holding out from Texans camp

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Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins is holding out of training camp as he seeks a new contract, sources told ESPN.

Hopkins, who is entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, did not report for the start of the Texans’ camp, according to sources. He will be subject to fines of $40,000 for each day of camp he misses.

Because the Texans picked up the fifth-year option available on all first-round pick contracts, Hopkins technically has two seasons left on his deal.

Hopkins was a first-round pick in 2013, and the Texans extended their 2011 and 2012 first-round picks [J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus] as they entered their fourth seasons.

A week ago, Hopkins expressed hope that his contract situation would resolve itself this offseason.

“I’m not looking for a certain range,” Hopkins said during a break at a football camp for local children. “I just want to be treated for what I’m worth. That’s fair to say, right?”

Hopkins was a rare bright spot for a troubled Texans offense last season. He weathered four different starting quarterbacks and even became the first player in NFL history to record 100-yard games from four different quarterbacks in the same season. He finished the year with 111 catches, 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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