Ex Falcons TE Jonnu Smith seemingly finds new home

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The Falcons parted ways with Jonnu Smith last week.

The veteran became the first cap casualty of Atlanta’s offseason, saving the club $6.5 million. Smith actually had a really productive year with the Falcons, logging over 530 yards and three scores on 50 receptions.

His familiarity with Arthur Smith ultimately led to Terry Fontenot acquiring him in a trade with New England last offseason, and I’d say the move worked out well for both sides.

Unfortunately, Zac Robinson’s offense is expected to be some variation of Sean McVay’s system, which features a lot of 11 personnel (only one tight end on the field). A $9 million TE2 isn’t exactly a luxury the Falcons can afford.

It seems he’s landed on his feet, though. According to Adam Schefter, the veteran visited the Dolphins today, and the ESPN insider added that Smith and Miami are in contract negotiations.

The Dolphins could use a reliable tight end to take pressure off of Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, so the match makes a ton of sense. Smith’s ability to impact the game after the catch has to be attractive to Mike McDaniel and Miami.

The Falcons were never going to be using him as frequently as his price tag would typically indicate. A divorce was inevitable with Kyle Pitts on the roster. It’s nice that Jonnu Smith won’t be joining an NFC team, though.

Atlanta is expected to add to its receiving core too. Receiver is the second most pressing need behind the quarterback position because Drake London is the only wideout worth a damn on the roster, so help is surely on the way.

Photographer: Jeff Robinson/Icon Sportswire

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