Falcons won’t pick up Hayden Hurst option for 2022

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Kyle Pitts is in. As a result, Hayden Hurst eventually will be out.

The Falcons won’t pick up the fifth-year option on the contract of Hurst, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.

A first-round pick of the Ravens in 2018, the Falcons traded for Hurst in 2020. Atlanta gave up a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick for Hurst and a fourth-round selection.

The Ravens selected running back J.K. Dobbins with the second-round pick from Atlanta.

In Hurst’s first year with the Falcons, he had 88 targets, 56 catches, 571 yards, and six touchdowns. All were career highs.

With the Falcons investing the fourth overall pick on tight end Kyle Pitts, however, the Falcons clearly weren’t interested in guaranteeing the full 2022 salary for Hurst, which would have been only $5.4 million. He’ll make $1.984 million in 2021, and he’ll become a free agent in 2022 (unless he signs a new contract with the Falcons before then).

Hurst has become an outspoken advocate for mental health. He admitted in 2020 that he attempted suicide while in college. His willingness to embrace the issue and to openly discuss it helps to eliminate the stigma, and to encourage others who need help to seek it. Wherever he plays, he’s someone we should all root for.

5 responses to “Falcons won’t pick up Hayden Hurst option for 2022

  1. I would like to see the Ravens and Hurst work something out. We could have used him last year with all the injuries.

  2. Falcons fans are a little shell shocked this morning still trying to come to grips with the fact that their rookie HC got his man, a TE, at 4. Arthur Blank was dancing at the idea of taking his future QB , but in the end, the new guy got to make the call.

  3. I’ll trade you a 2022 third rounder, Deon Cain, Binjimin Victor and Trace McSorely for Hayden Hurt right now.

  4. I would like to see him back in Baltimore but it’s very unlikely since he asked to be traded from there after Mark Andrews (drafted two rounds after Hurst) won the starting TE spot in 2018.

  5. I’ll never understand why the Ravens selected Hayden Hurst over Derwin James. At the time, the injury history wasn’t anticipated. Having lost Eric Weddle, James seemed like the surefire pick. A 24, almost 25 year old tight end seemed like a huge blunder of a pick. Ravens redeemed themselves by using Hurst to grab J.K. Dobbins.

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