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Cleveland Browns tight end Austin Hooper has established himself as one of the top tight ends in the NFL, and it paid off for him this offseason when he signed a four-year, $42 million contract in free agency, the second biggest tight end contract in the NFL.
Playing in the pass-happy Atlanta Falcons offense, Hooper became a key part of the success of the unit. However, playing with the likes of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, Hooper wasn’t quite in the spotlight in Atlanta. That’ll be different in Cleveland.
After signing such a big deal, Hooper will be expected to become a leader in the Browns offense, but especially in the tight ends room. There will be a lot of focus put on the tight ends this season, so Hooper is going to need to be ready to likely have the biggest role of his career.
However, in today’s featured article, Hooper explained how he wants to be as a leader in comparison to a likely Hall of Famer.
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"“My style, I’ve never really been a rah-rah guy at all,’’ he said. “I just kind of like to lead by example, and if people have questions, I will answer them. I’m an open book. I don’t try to hoard information. I don’t like doing the whole (Raiders TE) Jason Witten deal where it’s me versus everyone else in the tight end room.”"
Based on how the Cleveland Browns tight ends will have a big role in the offense, it would make sense for Hooper to be a lead by example player instead of trying to prove a point to all the other tight ends. The Browns may expect Hooper to be more of a leader than he has been previously in his career, so it will take some time for him to adjust to the role.
Donovan Peoples-Jones’ drop into the sixth round of the 2020 NFL Draft was one of the bigger surprises of the entire draft. As Zane Harris discusses, his drop could pay off big time for the Cleveland Browns.
"Any player who chooses to opt-out will have his contract frozen and receive an advanced portion of his salary. Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Aug. 4, Browns general manager Andrew Berry said that the team would support any player who chooses to opt-out."
The Cleveland Browns have not been hit too hard when it comes to players opting out of the 2020 season, but their list continues to grow. The interesting part of the four Browns who have opted out is they are all linemen, who have been considered the more high-risk players in the NFL.
One of the Browns players who opted out, defensive tackle Andrew Billings, was going to play a key role for the Browns defense in 2020. Elliot Kennel discusses why rookie Jordan Elliott will be up to the task of filling Billings’ role.