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:



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


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


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



Brian Hill, running back


Michael Bennett, defensive tackle


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

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