Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is in Mobile, Alabama this week evaluating college football’s top seniors at the Senior Bowl and as the Falcons have decisions to make on free agents Vic Beasley, De’Vondre Campbell and kick returner Kenjon Barner, tight end Austin Hooper was the topic du jour Wednesday afternoon.
“The reality of right now is we are trudging along,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Tuesday in Mobile, according to the team’s website. “After the Super Bowl week, we’ll continue to see how we’re moving forward. At this point, there’s no updates on Austin.”
Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff talks Austin Hooper, tight end draft prospects. pic.twitter.com/ysqV1mesyz— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) January 22, 2020
Meanwhile, Hooper spoke to 92.9 The Game reporter Caleb Johnson and informed him that the Falcons have not come to the table with any contract offers and says he’s focused on representing Atlanta at the Pro Bowl.
“If the organization wants me, they’ll offer me. I still haven’t received an offer from them … As of now, I’m enjoying what could be my last game as a Falcon at the Pro Bowl,” said Hooper.
The facts are this: since entering the league as a third-round selection in 2016, Hooper ranks sixth in receptions (214) and ninth in receiving yards (2,244) and receiving scores (16) among all tight ends. Hooper has not been injury-prone, though he did miss three games with a sprained MCL this season. Hooper was signed to to a four-year, $3.21 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $773,428 in May 2016. If the Falcons elected to slap Hooper with the franchise tag, he would be slated to make $10M-10.5M, albeit unlikely. By comparison, Green Bay’s Jimmy Graham was paid $10 million this season and the Saints Jared Cook was paid $7.5 million, respectively.