Falcons make trade for tight end Hayden Hurst

Tight end Hayden Hurst caught 43 of 62 passes for 512 yards and three touchdowns for the Ravens.
Tight end Hayden Hurst caught 43 of 62 passes for 512 yards and three touchdowns for the Ravens.

Credit: Nick Wass

Credit: Nick Wass

UPDATE: Falcons officially announce trade on Wednesday.

Previous post: The Falcons picked up tight end Hayden Hurst, a former South Carolina standout, in a trade with the Ravens on Monday.

The Falcons also received the Ravens’ fourth-round pick in the 2020 NFL draft, but gave up their second-round and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft to get Hurst.

With Austin Hooper set to leave and join the Browns in free agency and the release of tight end Luke Stocker, the Falcons were getting thin at the position.

Jaeden Graham and Carson Meier were the only two tight ends on the roster.

The Falcons contemplated drafting Hurst in the 2018 draft, but he was selected one spot in front of wide receiver Calvin Ridley. He’s played in 28 games and has made just four starts for the Ravens. He’s caught 43 of 62 passes for 512 yards and three touchdowns.

Here’s a look at where things stand with the Falcons’ potential unrestricted and restricted free agents:

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS 

OFFENSE 

Kenjon Barner, running back
Matt Schaub, quarterback – Club picked up his option, according to his agent
Justin Hardy, wide receiver - Will not re-sign with team
Austin Hooper, tight end – Will be allowed to hit the market. Has agreed to terms with the Browns.  
Matt Simms, quarterback 
Keith Smith, fullback – Was re-signed to a three-year deal on Saturday, March 14
Wes Schweitzer, offensive guard/center – Will be allowed to hit the market
Ty Sambrailo, tackle - Released by the team on March 16
Devonta Freeman - Cut by the team on March 16
Luke Stocker, tight end - To be released pending physical

DEFENSE

Vic Beasley, defensive end/linebacker – Will not be re-signed 
De'Vondre Campbell, linebacker – Will be allowed to hit the market 
Adrian Clayborn, defensive end 
Jack Crawford, defensive tackle
Johnathan Cyprien, safety
Tyeler Davison, defensive tackle - Agrees to three-year deal 
Ra'Shede Hageman, defensive tackle – Waived by the team on Jan. 13
Kemal Ishmael, safety/linebacker – Will not be re-signed by Falcons 
Steven Means, defensive end -- Re-signed to a one-year contract on March 9
Sharrod Neasman, safety 
Jamar Taylor, cornerback 
John Wetzel, offensive lineman – Vested veteran contract terminated and then re-signed
J.J. Wilcox, safety 
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, cornerback
Desmond Trufant - Released by team

SPECIAL TEAMS 

Matt Bosher, punter 
Ryan Allen, punter – Signed to a one-year contract extension for $945,000 on Feb. 18
Sam Irwin-Hill, punter – Signed to a one-year contract worth $510,000

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS 

OFFENSE

Brian Hill, running back

DEFENSE

Michael Bennett, defensive tackle

SPECIAL TEAMS 

Younghoe Koo, placekicker – Signed a one-year contract extension for $660,000 on Feb. 18.

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