Why Falcons should keep Beasley over Hooper

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
January 10, 2020 - 1:37 pm
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The Atlanta Falcons will have plenty of offseason decisions to make when it comes to personnel.

Let's play a game of who should the Falcons keep: tight end Austin Hooper or defensive end Vic Beasley.

I know, I know. It seems like an easy answer.

But with the Falcons having to carefully navigate their salary cap, Midday Show host Andy Bunker said there's a legitimate argument to be made to keep Beasley over Hooper.

"If you look at impact on wins, Austin Hooper had fine performances...I'm just looking at individual performance in big games. Austin Hooper's best games--I mean, he had a couple 100 yard games this season-- (were) in games where the Falcons were down early," Bunker said.

When you look at the two biggest wins of the season for the Falcons, against the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers, Hooper managed a combined 37 yards.

"You can win without having a huge performance from your tight end. Conversely, the Falcons didn't win a game this season where Vic Beasley didn't get a sack," Bunker continued.

"And I don't know that it needs to be Vic but someone who can get to the quarterback...I'm just saying, investing in the pass rush, to me, is more important than investing in the tight end position. And if that money has to come from the tight end position, I'm willing to do that. Because $50 million for Austin Hooper seems ridiculous."