That's been widely reported, and it's reasonable to consider if you look at contracts for comparable receivers.
The trade to the Arizona Cardinals was ultimately the outcome Hopkins wanted, he said.
Hopkins wanted a fresh start after finding himself underpaid and at odds with head coach/general manager Bill O'Brien.
"There was no relationship," Hopkins told SI.
But once there was a private conversation between them last season -- referencing his off-field associates and comparing the meeting to a previous one O'Brien had with Aaron Hernandez -- Hopkins clearly felt disrespected.
Hopkins also expressed affection for his former Texans teammates like Deshaun Watson, who he said would "be amazing without me."
The interview brings some clarity to the Hopkins trade, which shocked the NFL world more than a month ago. The Texans sent Hopkins to the Cardinals for running back David Johnson, the 40th overall pick in this year's draft, and a fourth-round swap for next year's draft.
It has been widely panned as one of the worst in NFL history, and certainly the head-scratcher of this peculiar off-season.
O'Brien has defended the trade as a move that was in the best interest of the team.
Hopkins just made it clear that because of his outdated deal, and distrust of O'Brien, he no longer wanted to be on the team.