GM Thomas Dimitroff said there are "no updates" on Hooper's contract discussions with the Falcons, Kelsey Conway of the team's official website reports.
Dimitroff's "no update" statement is actually an update of sorts, and he also used the term "trudging along" when reporters asked him about the tight end. Hooper enjoyed a breakout season in the final year of his rookie contract, potentially positioning himself as the top TE available in free agency. However, the franchise tag is arguably a bargain from the Falcons' perspective, as the number -- expected to be around $10.7 million -- comes from a formula based on the five largest salary cap hits for TEs in each of the past five years. It just so happens that most of the league's premium tight ends in recent seasons -- including Rob Gronkowski, Zach Ertz and Travis Kelce -- signed team-friendly extensions that sacrificed upside for security. That reality gives the Falcons some leverage in negotiations, but their dicey cap situation hands the leverage right back to Hooper. Ultimately, the Falcons will have a tough time making other moves unless they allow Hooper to leave or sign him to a long-term deal with a lower cap hit for 2020. As such, the franchise tag likely would be viewed as a bridge for a multi-year contract. Jan 22 4:39 pm (EST)
- Hooper, who can become a free agent in March, said Monday that the Falcons have yet to engage him in talks about an extension, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "I'm not going to speak on that too much," Hooper said, when asked about his contract situation. "It's a business. I'm open to coming back here. I don't know. ... I haven't received an offer yet. I'm going to let my representation and the representation for the Falcons handle that."
- Hooper caught seven of nine targets for 45 receiving yards during Sunday's 28-22 overtime win against Tampa Bay.
- Hooper snagged seven of nine targets for 82 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-12 win against the Jaguars. All Austin Hooper News
2019 PRESEASON RANKINGS
2019 SEASON STATS
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|Dec 29||W 28 - 22||@ TB||64||9||7||45||0||0|
|Dec 22||W 24 - 12||JAC||52||9||7||82||0||0|
|Dec 15||W 29 - 22||@ SF||55||6||3||20||0||0|
|Dec 08||W 40 - 20||CAR||47||6||2||32||0||0|
|Nov 28||L 26 - 18||NO||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Nov 24||L 35 - 22||TB||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Nov 17||W 29 - 3||@ CAR||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Nov 10||W 26 - 9||@ NO||58||5||4||17||1||0|
|Oct 27||L 27 - 20||SEA||66||7||6||65||1||0|
|Oct 20||L 37 - 10||LA||50||5||4||46||1||0|
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