Austin Hooper headed to Browns, moments into tampering

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It didn’t take long for Austin Hooper to strike it rich.

According to NFL Network, the Falcons tight end will go to Cleveland, on what will certainly be an enormous contract.

It took less than an hour into the negotiating window for Hooper’s destination to be declared, which isn’t the fastest deal but is nonetheless efficient.

The 25-year-old Hooper caught 75 passes for 787 yards and six touchdowns for the Falcons last year, which explained the widespread interest.

He now gives Baker Mayfield a reliable target, at a time when receivers Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry are coming off surgeries.

25 responses to “Austin Hooper headed to Browns, moments into tampering

  1. Cleveland doing Cleveland things. So how does he exactly help you when you already have a defacto possession type like a TE in Landry that you’re overplaying and then you have OBJ that you’re overpaying. The Factory continues. Wonder who the next GM will be.

  2. A lot of money tied up into 2 receivers and a TE. I was hoping Green Bay would sign him however I am glad we will not be paying him as the top TE. He is a very good player but not great. At 25 he can be get better I don’t see that happening in Cleveland though. As a person though I completely understand him taking the most money wherever that came from.

  3. the Browns have – on paper – some amazing talent at TE and WR. Now all they need is a competent QB.

  4. I don’t think the analytics say to give an enormous contract to non-elite tight end.

  5. Reports are Hooper will be the highest paid TE. Hooper is the Jarvis Landry of TEs. He’s good not great and the Browns are vastly overpaying for both.

  6. Typical of Cleveland tying up major money to Beckham, Landry, and Hooper but ignoring their major need on the offensive line.

  7. Tired of all the “Cleveland being Cleveland” thing. He’s a good player and if he upgrades he upgrades. If he doesn’t, Cleveland isn’t the only team that misses in FA.

  8. Because the Browns problem was definitely weapons last year. OBJ, Landry, Njoku, Hunt, and Chubb. They definitely don’t need an OL or EVERYTHING on defense. Nope. Need another receiver.

  9. See, the problem last year was that they didn’t bring in enough new free agents on offense. Now they just need to sign Tom Brady and they’ll be all set.

  10. Until they get some decent O-linemen it is kind of pointless, guessing the analytics are showing O-linemen are not important and not to spend very much on them. But lets add another playmaker into an already crowded field where a few are regularly complaining about not getting the ball.

  11. It’s not tampering if it’s legal. Maybe we should stop spinning this bit of fake news?

  12. Stefanski’s offense needs 2 tight ends. I’m looking forward to the mismatches he can create with Njoku and Hooper on the field at the same time.

  13. realfootballfan says:
    March 16, 2020 at 12:56 pm
    Cleveland doing Cleveland things. So how does he exactly help you when you already have a defacto possession type like a TE in Landry that you’re overplaying and then you have OBJ that you’re overpaying. The Factory continues. Wonder who the next GM will be.

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    Neither Landry or OBJ are overpaid. Both were gotten in trades and not blown up free agent contracts. The Browns have plenty of need for a tight end as last seasons most reliable red zone player was Ricky Seals Jones who was a backup tight end who came in when David Njoku was injured for most of the season. Most importantly the Browns new offense is based on two tight ends creating mismatches. They also signed a Fullback so obviously they’re going to shore up their line using skill position players to confuse defenses.

  14. Good pickup for the Browns. He was the best FA TE available and will be productive. He is worth whatever they are paying as long as they have assets available to improve a poor offensive line. If they don’t do that, another season won’t end well for them.

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