Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff talks Austin Hooper’s contract
After a career-year from fourth-year tight end Austin Hooper, the Atlanta Falcons and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have to decide if they want to keep the 25-year-old.
At the annual Senior Bowl down in Mobile, Alabama, Thomas Dimitroff spoke about Austin Hooper and the tight end prospects in the upcoming draft.
“I think the tight end group is not a big group as far as numbers. There’s some good football players there but it’s not a big group so we’ll have to hone in on that as well,” Dimitroff said. “… The reality is, we’re trudging along and once we get back after the Super Bowl week we’ll continue to look at how we’re moving forward. At this point, there’s no updates on Austin.”
After being named to the Pro Bowl in 2018, Austin Hooper continued to improve for Atlanta. The 6-foot-4, 254-pound tight end caught 75 passes for a career-high 787 yards and six touchdowns in only 13 games.
With Austin Hooper set to hit the free agent market this offseason, the Falcons tight end will likely be on many teams radars especially if Atlanta decides not to resign him.
At only 25 years old, Austin Hooper has proven himself as one of the best young tight ends in the NFL. Despite the team’s lackluster season, Hooper was third on the team in receiving yards behind Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley and tied for second in receiving touchdowns.
Hooper joins pass-rusher Vic Beasley and linebacker De’Vondre Campbell as impact players that are set to become unrestricted free agents for Atlanta this year.
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