Austin Hooper is primed to reset the tight end market in free agency, and the chances of the Falcons bringing him back look slim. Atlanta has little cap space and a ton of needs to fill. Thomas Dimitroff revealing that the team will allow him to hit the market in this week’s press conference seems like the writing on the wall. Atlanta would consider bringing him back at the right price, but the chances of this happening are slim to none. Hooper will be playing elsewhere in 2020.
Now, we have the first report of a team’s interest in the Pro Bowl tight end. According to Jason Leiser of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Bears plan to make a run at Hooper when he hits free agency.
The Bears may have interest, but I would not exactly put them down as the Vegas favorites to sign Hooper. They only have around $26 million in cap space and recently invested $32 million in former Eagles tight end, Trey Burton. Though he dealt with injuries in 2019, he showed promise in his first year as a starter the season prior.
All it is going to take is one tight end hungry team to offer a deal worth $11 million a year to the best player available at the position, and Hooper is a goner. I am sure he will have a robust market moving forward.
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