NFL Rumors: Austin Hooper, Top Free Agent TE, Nearing Deal With Browns

The top free agent target probably won’t be a free agent for long.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Austin Hooper and the Cleveland Browns are closing in on a deal.

Fowler’s report came just 37 minutes after the NFL’s legal tampering period opened. However, players aren’t eligible to sign with teams until the new league year opens Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. So, until then, teams technically still could talk to Hooper, like Fowler alluded to.

Hooper spent four years with the Atlanta Falcons, enjoying a breakout season in 2019. He made 75 receptions for 787 yards and six touchdowns in 13 games last season.

As recently as Saturday, three teams were said to be interested in Hooper. The 25-year-old also said he certainly would be interested in playing with Tom Brady.

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