DeAndre Hopkins threatened to hold out without a new contract. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans made an unpopular decision on Monday to trade DeAndre Hopkins, and they are now trying to justify the deal in the wake of an unflattering report about Bill O’Brien’s dealings with the star wide receiver.

Hopkins approached the Texans this offseason and informed them he wanted a new contract that would pay him between $18-20 million per year, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports. He apparently told the team he would hold out if they did not make him one of the highest-paid receivers in football.

The Texans say that led to their decision to trade Hopkins, who has three years and $40 million remaining on his deal. While it would not be a surprise if Hopkins wanted a raise to reflect his consistent production, it sounds like there was a lot more to the situation than a contract dispute.

Former NFL receiver Michael Irvin said Wednesday that Hopkins told him Texans head coach Bill O’Brien compared Hopkins to Aaron Hernandez in a meeting, and the two were tangled up in a power struggle.

There are two sides to every story, and that is what we have here. Texans fans want to know why one of the best receivers in football was traded for David Johnson and a draft pick, and Hopkins says things went south because of the way O’Brien treated him. Houston says Hopkins wanted more money and was threatening to become a headache. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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ARZ / 109 / 2015,17
Larry Fitzgerald
ATL / 136 / 2015
Julio Jones
BAL / 103 / 2007
Derrick Mason
BUF / 100 / 2002
Eric Moulds
CAR / 116 / 2019
Christian McCaffrey
CHI / 118 / 2012
Brandon Marshall
CIN / 112 / 2007
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
CLE / 89 / 1983, 84
Ozzie Newsome
CLE / 89 / 2006
Kellen Winslow Jr.
DAL / 111 / 1995
Michael Irvin
DEN / 113 / 2001
Rod Smith
DET / 123 / 1995
Herman Moore
GB / 112 / 1993
Sterling Sharpe
HOU / 115 / 2008
Andre Johnson
HOU / 115 / 2018
DeAndre Hopkins
IND / 143 / 2002
Marvin Harrison
JAX / 116 / 1999
Jimmy Smith
KC / 103 / 2018
Travis Kelce
LAC / 104 / 2019
Keenan Allen
LAR* / 119 / 1995
Isaac Bruce
MIA / 112 / 2017
Jarvis Landry
MIN / 122 / 1994, 95
Cris Carter
NE / 123 / 2009
Wes Welker
NO / 149 / 2019
Michael Thomas
NYG / 107 / 2009
Steve Smith
NYJ / 109 / 2015
Brandon Marshall
OAK / 104 / 1997
Tim Brown
PHI / 116 / 2018
Zach Ertz
PIT / 136 / 2015
Antonio Brown
SEA / 94 / 2007
Bobby Engram
SEA / 94 / 2016
Doug Baldwin
SF / 122 / 1995
Jerry Rice
TB / 106 / 2001
Keyshawn Johnson
TEN* / 101 / 1964
Charley Hennigan
WAS / 113 / 2013
Pierre Garcon

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