Austin Hooper heads into free agency confident many teams are interested

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Officially, teams can’t yet tell Falcons tight end Austin Hooper that they’re interested in signing him in free agency. But Hooper is confident there are teams that will be making him lucrative offers.

“It definitely feels good to know that there’s interest out there for me,” Hooper told ESPN. “I’ve worked hard over my four years in Atlanta to set myself up to be in a position like this, so I’m grateful that stuff like that is coming out.”

Washington, Chicago and Green Bay are among the teams that reportedly have interest in Hooper, and he made clear he would be very interested in the Packers, whose head coach Matt LaFleur was previously a Falcons assistant.

“When he was a coach in Atlanta, I really liked Matt LaFleur as a person,” Hooper said. “I wasn’t a quarterback, so I couldn’t really see his coaching style as much. But he definitely helped me out as a younger player. For that, I’ll always be grateful. He’s a good guy; really likable person.”

The 25-year-old Hooper had the best receiving season of his career last year, catching 75 passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns. He’ll likely prove to be too expensive for the Falcons, who are near the bottom of the NFL in available salary cap space.

9 responses to “Austin Hooper heads into free agency confident many teams are interested

  1. We will see if the Packers sign him. The money is there for a 4 year 40 million dollar contract for Hooper. Doesn’t hurt the Packers chances of signing Hooper that Austin speaks very highly of both Matt LaFleur and Aaron Rodgers:

    “One of the greatest to do it, for sure. Definately a first-ballot Hall of Fame quarterback. I mean, I can’t say enough good things about the guy. Some of the things he does, I don’t think anyone else in the league can do. I really like his style and how he carries himself. He’s just got a swagger about him where he’s cool, calm, and collected. Green Bay is definately a place I’d love to be.”

    The Packers have a little over 30 million in cap space, so throwing 10 million a year at Hooper would be ONE of the positive steps the Pack will take this offseason to try and bring #14 back to Titletown.

    #2020GBPackers

  2. Hooper looked like a top10 TE last year. It’s a shame the Falcons can’t resign him due to cap issues.
    They have the 3rd lowest amount to work with. Some of the numbers are just strange. For example, both Julio Jones and Michael Thomas both just signed new contracts, but Jones has a cap hit of $20 million vs $15 million for Thomas. Different teams, but both top5 WRs… that money difference is a problem. The Falcons are top heavy…

  3. Austin Hooper is a very good TE and would improve just about any team he signs with, I’m just not sure the bump you’d get from him is worth the kind of contract he’s going to command.

    GB definitely could use more receiving talent and TE is still a need, but I’d rather see them address the ILB and WR positions first.
    Mercedes Lewis could be resigned on the cheap to couple with an ever progressing Tonyan and Sternberger.
    Drafting another one would be another option, though it’s not a particularly strong TE draft.

    There’s a handful of directions to go before the draft, I’m just relieved the Packers have the cap room to attack some of these issues, unlike some teams that have squandered valuable resources overpaying for middling talent.

  4. As a Bears fan, I’m hoping Green Bay signs Hooper. Matt Ryan makes every tight end look good, he’ll be overpaid.

    Give me Eric Ebron for half the price.

  5. cheeseisfattening says:
    March 15, 2020 at 6:46 pm
    Another overpaid TE for Rodgers to get upset with?
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Rudolph is available?

  6. The most significant difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success next season remains to be Aaron Rodgers.

    Nothing has changed.

  7. And yet he chose Baker Mayfield as he was more humble and grounded than the guy who plays for the packers.

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