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If this means he comes back closer to 100% for week 14 then it could be good news. But I wonder if they'll be in much of a hurry to put him back out there. 

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32 minutes ago, whole-show said:

Dan Quinn said Hooper will play per Vaughn McClure 

Ugh, of course he comes back this week. I hesitate to play him until I see him but this week some dont have the luxury. Now I just have to decide between him and Kelce. 

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20 minutes ago, tackle for loss said:

Ugh, of course he comes back this week. I hesitate to play him until I see him but this week some dont have the luxury. Now I just have to decide between him and Kelce. 

Same here. I'm rolling with Griffin vs MIA over Hooper....I think.

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15 minutes ago, steelwind said:

Teams on bye are we playing Hooper week 15 @ SF assuming he gets full usual snaps?

SF giving up the fewest fantasy points to TE's.   I'm going to start Hollister against Carolina instead.   

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Austin Hooper caught 2-of-6 passes for 32 yards in the Falcons' Week 14 win over the Panthers.

Hooper broke his four-game touchdown streak with Luke Kuechly and company doing a nice job limiting Hooper over the middle. A slower game in his return from a sprained MCL isn't overly surprising, but he'll need to step up next week with the 49ers on deck. Hooper has been a volume hog this season and could see upwards of double-digit targets if Calvin Ridley (abdomen) misses Week 15. Hooper will be a mid-range TE1 then.

 

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Austin Hooper caught 7-of-9 targets for 82 yards in the Falcons' Week 16 win over the Jaguars.

Hooper finally looked like his pre-injury self as he posted his third highest yardage total of the season. He will have a shot at a big finish in Week 17, as the Falcons will be taking on a Bucs team that entered Week 17 surrendering the third most tight end fantasy points.

 

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Speaking Monday, impending free agent Austin Hooper said he was open to re-signing with the Falcons, but that he "hasn't received an offer yet."

"It’s a business," Hooper said in matter-of-fact comments. "I’d definitely like to be here, but at the same time, it’s a business. I’m going to let my representation and the representation for the Falcons handle that." They aren't exactly the warmest comments, perhaps suggesting Hooper was stung by not receiving an offer during the season. Hooper broke out for a 75/787/6 line in 13 games, finishing sixth in tight end receiving yardage. He would probably be a difficult franchise tag for the Falcons considering how much money they already have wrapped up in their skill corps.

SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Dec 30, 2019, 12:25 PM ET

 

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i would be surprised if he left but Atlanta will have to pay him fair market value. there are no shortage of teams that would like a player like him.

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49 minutes ago, saintfool said:

i would be surprised if he left but Atlanta will have to pay him fair market value. there are no shortage of teams that would like a player like him.

As a Hooper owner, I want him to resign because he's rock solid now with Matt Ryan at QB.

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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said contract negotiations with Austin Hooper are "trudging along."

"The reality of right now is we are trudging along," Dimitroff said. "After the Super Bowl week, we'll continue to see how we're moving forward. At this point, there's no updates on Austin." The 25-year-old broke out for career-highs in catches (75), receiving yards (787), and touchdowns (6) last season despite being available in only 13 games. His pending contract is expected to average $8-$10 million annually, trumping all others' at his position among a class that includes Hunter Henry, Eric Ebron, and Tyler Eifert.

SOURCE: AtlantaFalcons.com

Jan 22, 2020, 3:50 PM ET

 

 

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Salary-cap analyst Joel Corry predicts free agent TE Austin Hooper will command at least a four-year, $44 million contract.

Hooper should also land fully guaranteed salaries over the first two years. With Hunter Henry potentially getting franchised, Hooper is going to reset the tight end market this offseason, whether it's with Atlanta or another team. Talks between the Falcons and Hooper should heat up at next week's Combine.

SOURCE: ESPN

Feb 21, 2020, 5:59 PM ET

 

 

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Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team will let impending free agent Austin Hooper "hit the market" to see where his value is.

While Dimitroff admitted that both De'Vondre Campbell and Hooper would test free agency, Atlanta's GM confirmed it "does not necessarily close the door on their time with the Falcons" and the team "fully intends on negotiating with them in the free agency period." 26 in November, Hooper is fully expected to reset the market at his position following career-highs in catches (75), receiving yards (787), and touchdowns (6) in '19. Barring a slew of surprising transactions, Atlanta's current cap situation will likely leave them on the outs of Hooper's contract negotiations.

SOURCE: Kelsey Conway on Twitter

Feb 25, 2020, 11:06 AM ET

 

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Good move by Atlanta to let him test the market. Hooper is a reliable set of hands, but I'm not sure he's much more than that. He has greatly benefited from Julio and Ridley(to a lesser extent) being greater focuses of the defense. 

Hooper could exposed really quick on a team that asks him to be their 1st or 2nd target, and doesn't have a great QB, like Matt Ryan.

As a Bears fan, I'd have almost no interest in bring in Hooper at all, especially at 10+ million a year. Rather take my chances in the draft, or try to get a cheaper veteran for a year or so. Like Delanie Walker or maybe even Jordan Reed, who would likely cost less combined than Hooper.

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Washington and Cinci seem like they would be in play as well. 

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ESPN's Rob Demovsky reports the Packers plan to "make a run" at impending free agent Austin Hooper.

The Packers are the second franchise linked to Hooper in the last 24 hours, joining the Bears among interested suitors. More franchises are expected to join in on the frenzy for the 25-year-old's services in the coming days, too. Green Bay is reportedly "intent" on adding another pass-catcher via the open market and the draft, and moving on from 33-year-old Jimmy Graham (who clearly lost a step last year) would not only clear $8 million in cap space, but give Aaron Rodgers another prime receiving outlet to detract from Davante Adams along the perimeter. The Falcons are also expected to try and re-sign Hooper.

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SOURCE: Rob Demovsky on Twitter

Feb 28, 2020, 11:36 AM ET

 

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The Chicago Sun-Times' Jason Lieser reports the Bears are planning to pursue impending free agent Austin Hooper.

26 in November and fresh off career-highs in catches (75), receiving yards (787), and touchdowns (6), Hooper's expected to garner anywhere from $10-$12 million annually on the open market — an amount Chicago may not be able to fork over with roughly $26 million in projected cap space to work with. Still, the interest is obviously there after the Bears saw Trey Burton and Adam Shaheen sit out a combined 15 games together due to injuries last year. General Manager Ryan Pace was also notably high on Hooper out of Stanford, regrettably selecting DL Jonathan Bullard (who the team cut last summer) only nine picks prior to the Falcons calling the tight end's name in 2016. The latter's fully expected to reset the market at his position this offseason.

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SOURCE: Chicago Sun-Times

Feb 28, 2020, 8:29 AM ET

 

 

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I wonder if the Falcons will end up tagging Hooper.  It shouldn't be difficult for them to get a team to trade a 2nd or 3rd round pick for him after they tag him.  Maybe they believe more teams will research him and gain interest by claiming that they aren't going to tag him.  75 catches 77% catch percentage, and 787 yards is very impressive in 13 games.  And while he did get hurt last year, he has only missed 5 total games in his 4 year career.

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10 hours ago, Don Hutson said:

I wonder if the Falcons will end up tagging Hooper.  It shouldn't be difficult for them to get a team to trade a 2nd or 3rd round pick for him after they tag him.  Maybe they believe more teams will research him and gain interest by claiming that they aren't going to tag him.  75 catches 77% catch percentage, and 787 yards is very impressive in 13 games.  And while he did get hurt last year, he has only missed 5 total games in his 4 year career.

Falcons Unlikely To Tag Austin Hooper

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The tight end franchise tag is expected to come in at approximately $10.7MM. 

While this isn't a lot of money in a relative sense I don't think the Falcons or other teams see Hooper as being worth a top contract like that. He is basically a younger version of Kyle Rudolph.

Hoopers numbers were good last year but they had no running game and a lot of it was just dump offs underneath that defenses were letting the Falcons have.

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1 hour ago, Biabreakable said:

Falcons Unlikely To Tag Austin Hooper

While this isn't a lot of money in a relative sense I don't think the Falcons or other teams see Hooper as being worth a top contract like that. He is basically a younger version of Kyle Rudolph.

Hoopers numbers were good last year but they had no running game and a lot of it was just dump offs underneath that defenses were letting the Falcons have.

Another thing too, I don't think Atlanta has a lot of cap room.

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Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reports former-Falcons TE Austin Hooper is on the Browns' radar.

Hooper is reportedly expected to "reset" the TE market. The Packers and Redskins are also reportedly interested. It's honestly a bit confusing as to why this is the case. Sure, Hooper posted a plenty-respectable 75-787-6 receiving line in just 13 games in 2019, regularly providing Matt Ryan with a reliable underneath target in the middle of the field. Yet, he's largely been graded as an average (at best) run blocker by PFF throughout his career, and his average of 8.1 yards per target since 2016 ranks 21st among 86 TEs (minimum 50 targets). Hooper is anyone's idea of an above-average TE, but whether or not he'll produce enough to warrant a monster contract remains to be seen.

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SOURCE: Mary Kay Cabot on Twitter

Mar 16, 2020, 11:53 AM ET

 

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Browns. Heck yeah. I'll take that.

Bears no way. Don't kill your career with that hack QB.

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Rotoworld:

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Browns agreed to terms with TE Austin Hooper, formerly of the Falcons.

Both ESPN and NFL Network report the deal will make Hooper the highest-paid tight end in the league. Not including the franchise tag, Travis Kelce's $9.368 million per season made him the previous highest paid. Hooper is a strong pass catcher and decent blocker, but it's a somewhat surprising allocation of resources from the Browns, who already have one of the league's pre-eminent chain movers in Jarvis Landry and have invested a ton of money in their skill corps. Either way, a solid player is a solid player, and a lack of weapons will not be a 2020 excuse for Baker Mayfield. Landry and Odell Beckham's presence will make it difficult for Hooper to repeat last year's TE6 finish by total points in PPR leagues.

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SOURCE: Jeremy Fowler on Twitter

Mar 16, 2020, 12:39 PM ET

 

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That's a lot of money for a guy with decent TE production and at best an average run.

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