Browns Edged Redskins For Austin Hooper

Several teams expressed interest in Austin Hooper, who became the first free agent to agree to a deal after the tampering period began. While the Browns won the bidding, they beat out a team with a much bigger tight end need.

Seeing their first- and second-string tight ends miss almost all of last season, and each now off the roster, the Redskins emerged as an early Hooper suitor. And the former Falcons tight end confirmed his final decision came down to the Browns and Redskins.

It really came down to Cleveland and Washington. At the end, I chose to be a Brown,” Hooper said during a Sirius XM Radio interview (via NBC Sports Washington). “Redskins were definitely a team that had shown interest I would say. Definitely a solid organization with another talented young quarterback, so that was going to be my next landing spot.”

The Redskins have moved forward without Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis, releasing the former and seeing the latter retire. Ron Rivera pursued a Greg Olsen reunion, but the longtime Panthers tight end chose the Seahawks. Washington has since added Richard Rodgers and former quarterback Logan Thomas but likely is not done restocking this position group.

The Bears and Packers joined the Redskins in the Hooper mix, but the Browns — despite their David Njoku employment — won out with a $10.5MM-per-year offer. Chicago submitted a surprising offer to Jimmy Graham (two years, $16MM), while Green Bay re-signed Marcedes Lewis.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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7 comments on “Browns Edged Redskins For Austin Hooper

    • bumpy93

      Cleveland hasn’t been ran correctly the last 20yrs, but they have signs of coming around. they have a good roster and some cap flexibility for the future. Now a new LT at draft time (Andre Thomas) and even though I said it last year and looked like an idiiot, I think Cleveland atleast makes the playoffs in 2020

      • crazylarry

        You don’t win games with a roster full of Bakers and OBJ’s. It is TOXIC.

      • you better hope baker stops making commercials and works on his game then otherwise you will be greatly disappointed again.

    • king beas

      Redskins might not be a model franchise but Cleveland is the bottom of the bottom

  1. badco44

    The man made a decision, wish he was in Wash but poor decisions in the past 20 years is what gets you to this point, and I hope and pray the lifestyle is changing for the better!

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