Austin Hooper staying in Atlanta to work with Matt Ryan
The Falcons hope to see their offensive production rebound in 2018 and a couple of players aren’t waiting for the offseason program to start working toward that goal.
Tight end Austin Hooper is in Atlanta rather than spending time at home in California so that he and quarterback Matt Ryan can get in more work together. They are working on their timing after a 2017 season that saw Hooper catch 49 passes for 526 yards and three touchdowns.
The twins had hoped to one day share the same defensive backfield, just as they did in Pop Warner, high school and college.
For Jason, joining the Patriots provides a golden opportunity to end his career-long playoff-less drought and taste a little of the team-wide success his brother has enjoyed.
Being able to watch my brother’s success, it’s been really cool, Jason said. Being twins, growing up extremely close like we did, the one thing that you kind of always wish the maximum amount of success for your brother. For me, to kind of be at a close distance to be able to see the things he’s been able to attain individually and also as a team has been really cool just to be a part of it just as a family member.
The Bears have made several moves this offseason to clear salary cap space, while the Dolphins don’t have a lot of cap space, so that trade would make sense from that perspective: Howard is inexpensive, with salaries of $630,000 and $720,000 in the two years remaining on his rookie contract. Landry, on the other hand, is on the franchise tag and will probably want something north of $15 million a year on a long-term contract.
No trade can be completed officially until the start of the league year on March 14, but teams can verbally agree to trades now, and talk is heating up around the Bears and Dolphins.
The Jets are going to have a newest new quarterback once they draft Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen , Baker Mayfield , or Josh Allen third overall in next month’s NFL Draft.
But for now, their newest quarterback is Teddy Bridgewater , whom they signed to a modest, one-year contract (just $500,000 guaranteed) in free agency. Josh McCown (who re-signed) and Bridgewater are the Jets’ top two quarterbacks right now.