Falcons Passing on Veteran TE’s Fifth-Year Option: Report

Falcons Passing on Veteran TE’s Fifth-Year Option: Report


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Tight end Hayden Hurst #81 of the Atlanta Falcons.

The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly not exercising tight end Hayden Hurst’s fifth-year option, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

The Falcons traded with the Baltimore Ravens for Hurst last offseason.  In his first season with Atlanta, Hurst posted a career-high 56 catches for 571 yards and six touchdowns and 88 targets.

Hurst, 27, will get $1.349 million fully guaranteed and a cap hit of $1,984,914. If the Falcons were to pick up his option. If the Falcons picked up his option, they would have paid Hurst $5.428 million in 2022.

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Falcons Draft Hurst’s Replacement

Atlanta not picking up Hurst’s option does not come by any surprise as the Falcons drafted Florida tight end, Kyle Pitts, at No. 4 overall in this year’s NFL draft.

The Falcons’ tight end depth chart currently looks like Kyle Pitts as the No. 1 option, Hayden Hurst at No. 2, and Lee Smith at No. 3.

The 6-foot-6 and 245 pound TE with 4.4 speed is a matchup nightmare that is bound to make an immediate impact in Atlanta.

Pitts is bringing versatility to Atlanta acting as a tight end or a wide receiver which is why he is considered to be the draft’s “unicorn.”  It also helps that Smith is a fan of running an offense with two tight ends, so between him and Hayden Hurst, Ryan will have a dream team to work with.

“He’s kind of like a unicorn, and the only way you can defend a unicorn is with another unicorn,” Gators head coach Dan Mullen said. “So if you don’t have a unicorn on defense, you got a problem.”

Pitts will also be joining Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and new backfield addition, Mike Davis.

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