5 tight ends the Cardinals could pursue before 2021 season-opener

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Hayden Hurst (Atlanta Falcons)

Back in April, the Atlanta Falcons used the fourth-overall pick of the draft on a tight end out of the University of Florida. Kyle Pitts, a 6-foot-6, 246-pounder with superstar potential, is expected to do big things at the professional level. Where exactly does that leave Hayden Hurst, Atlanta’s starter in 2020?

The former first-round selection of the Baltimore Ravens tallied 56 receptions, 571 receiving yards, and six touchdowns for the Falcons last fall. With Pitts now on board, the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Hurst’s production will more than likely take a nosedive.

Add to it the fact that Atlanta has already declined the fifth-year option on the 27-year-old’s rookie contract, which means that Hurst will be a free agent in 2022. One would have to believe that the Falcons’ front office would be all ears if Arizona was to call with a trade offer for the talented tight end.