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Atlanta Falcons won’t pick up TE Hayden Hurst’s option

Dec 27, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Atlanta Falcons tight end Hayden Hurst (81) celebrates after scoring during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons won’t pick up the fifth-year option of tight end Hayden Hurst, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Hurst, the No. 25 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Ravens, will become a free agent after the season. The Falcons acquired Hurst and a fourth-round pick in a trade last March, sending 2020 second- and fifth-round draft picks to the Ravens.

The Falcons selected Florida tight end Kyle Pitts with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 draft last week.

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Hurst, 27, played in 16 games (nine starts) last season and recorded career highs in receptions (56), yards (571) and touchdowns (six).

In 44 games over three NFL seasons, Hurst has 99 catches for 1,083 yards and nine scores.

Hurst would have earned nearly $5.5 million in 2022 had his option been picked up, per Over the Cap.

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–Field Level Media