According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, many teams around the league believe the NFC North-leading Packers are doing their due diligence on tight ends as the trade deadline nears. Fowler suggests that Hayden Hurst could be a “high-end option.”
Several teams believe the Packers are doing homework on tight ends as the deadline nears. Evan Engram and Hayden Hurst are high-end options. Jordan Akins and Jacob Hollister would be more affordable options.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) November 2, 2021
Albert Breer reported in his Sports Illustrated GamePlan the Falcons had taken calls on Hayden Hurst. He also noted that Atlanta wouldn’t be dealing Hurst without being handsomely compensated.
Earlier in the offseason, Terry Fontenot elected not to exercise Hurst’s fifth-year option, making him a free agent after this season. If Fontenot had exercised his fifth-year option, Hurst would’ve accounted for $5,428,000 against next year’s cap, making him the first player at his position to see his fifth-year option declined since 2011.
Hurst has only hauled in 18 receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown through the season’s first seven games. After trading for him two years ago, the Falcons wont be able to recoup the second-round pick they sent to the Ravens initially for Hurst. Still, I wouldn’t be against getting rid of Hurst because of his subpar blocking, minimal impact as a receiver, and Kyle Pitts’ emergence.