Falcons news: Austin Hooper is waiting for an offer from Atlanta
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Falcons tight end Austin Hooper is waiting for an offer from Atlanta

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Atlanta Falcons tight end Austin Hooper feels he has done enough to earn a long-term deal with the team and is waiting for them to offer it.

“I did my part, ended up here at the Pro Bowl. If the organization wants me, they’ll offer me,” Hooper said on 92.9 The Game. “I still haven’t received an offer from them.”

Hooper missed three games with a knee injury during the 2019 season, but he still had a big year, catching 75 passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns. He wasn’t originally selected for the Pro Bowl, but replaced George Kittle, who will be playing in the Super Bowl.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said they are still in the early stages and once the Super Bowl ends they will really start looking at Hooper’s future with the team.

“I’m sure you guys are waiting to ask more about Mr. Hooper. The reality right now is that we are trudging along,” Dimitroff said via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Once we get back from the Super Bowl, after the Super Bowl week we’ll continue to look and see how we are moving forward. But at this point there are no updates on Austin.”

If the Falcons let Hooper walk, it’s going to leave Atlanta needing a tight end in a big way. Hooper would no doubt be a hot commodity on the free agent market, so if the Falcons let him walk, there is no doubt he will be snatched up quickly. Atlanta cannot afford to let that happen.