The Atlanta Falcons should trade for a familiar tight end
You probably know by now how important the tight end position is to Arthur Smith and while the Atlanta Falcons already have a superstar player at the position, they should strongly consider bringing in another one who is a familiar face.
If there is one team that would benefit by having two solid tight ends, it is the Falcons, so why not make a small trade for one to help fortify the position?
There have been rumblings about a certain tight end being traded and it is someone that fans would love to see back in red and black.
The Atlanta Falcons should strike a trade with the Titans for TE Austin Hooper
Austin Hooper is a former star for the Atlanta Falcons who made the Pro Bowl in his final two seasons with the team before he went on to sign a record-breaking contract with the Cleveland Browns.
He never came close to the success that he had with the Falcons. In his final two seasons with the Falcons, he had 660 yards and four touchdowns in 2018 and then 787 yards and six touchdowns in 2019. With the Browns, he had 435 yards and four touchdowns in 2020 and then 345 yards and three touchdowns in 2021.
He went on to sign with the Titans this past offseason and so far he has six catches for 50 yards and zero touchdowns in five games. It is clear things are not working out for him in Tennessee and there has been talk about him potentially being traded before the deadline.
Insert the Atlanta Falcons, who need another receiving threat at the position to pair with Kyle Pitts.
Obviously, he isn’t the same Pro Bowl tight end that he was in 2019 but he is undoubtedly a better receiving threat than someone like Parker Hesse.
It wouldn’t take much to nab Hooper from the Titans, possibly a sixth-round pick could get it done. One significant issue is that he is on a one-year, $6 million contract and one would figure that trading away a pick (no matter what round it is) for a player that is only on a one-year deal for a good chunk of money is not something that follows Terry Fontenot’s game plan for the team.
So, as cool and exciting as it would be to have Hoop back in Atlanta, do not expect it to happen as it would clash with Fontenot’s plan for the future.