The Washington Football Team has made its first free agent transaction of 2021, and it’s a doozy.
The Washington Football Team has officially signed prime scoring weapon D. Hopkins to a deal.
No, not that D. Hopkins. Sorry, that may have been confusing.
The Washington Football Team has officially re-signed long-time kicker Dustin Hopkins to a deal, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. It’s a one-year contract that includes approximately $1.8875 million in guaranteed money, and it can pay Hopkins up to $2.4265 million.
It’s not the exciting move out of the gates that Washington Football Team fans were hoping for, but re-signing Dustin Hopkins was one crucial piece of housekeeping on the Washington Football Team’s to-do list. Hopkins was set to be a free agent, and aside from a few slumps, he’s been a solid kicker for Washington since joining the team in 2015.
As was reported a few days ago, a deal with Hopkins was already in the works before the opening of the NFL’s legal tampering period. Hopkins’ previous deal paid him approximately $2.525 million annually, so Washington gets great value here, keeping Hopkins for an extra season at a lower rate than he originally had. They’ll need to address the kicker slot again next offseason, but for now, they have some security.
Hopkins had a bit of a down year in 2020, falling under 80% completion for the first time in his career. But lost in that blanket figure was a hot finish that saw him make 13 of his final 14 field goal attempts. He was also fairly consistent on his extra point tries, and provided the Washington Football Team with a fairly reliable kicker in crucial moments.
Overall for his career, Hopkins has 151 of 180 attempts, and he’s converted 13 of 25 attempts over 50 yards, coming in at just over 50%. Seeing the heightened degree of kicker turnover in 2020, having Hopkins is a subtle victory for Washington, and one they can take comfort in for another year.
With Hopkins now taking money on a new contract, the Washington Football Team still has around $37 million in total cap space, and plenty of intriguing free agents remain on the board. Browse through the options via the link above, and stick with us, as we’ll keep you in the loop on any updates over the next several days.