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The Saints Should Steal This Free Agent Away From the Falcons

Devon Platana
The New Orleans Saints should steal tight end Hayden Hurst away from the Atlanta Falcons.
The New Orleans Saints should steal tight end Hayden Hurst away from the Atlanta Falcons. / Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints would like to forget about the 2021 NFL season after it saw them miss the playoffs for the first time since 2016. Their lack of a consistent offense was one of the reasons behind their shortcomings last year, so it's only natural for management to try and add more weapons this offseason.

One offensive area that the Saints need to improve is the tight end position. None of New Orleans' tight ends hit the 300-yard mark in 2021, which is why they should try to steal the rival Atlanta Falcons' Hayden Hurst away this offseason.

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As it stands, the Saints still have Nick Vannett and Adam Trautman as their top two tight ends next season. However, Vannett is more suited for a blocking role while Trautman didn't impress too much in his second year.

Hurst is coming off a down season that saw him record 26 receptions, 221 yards and three touchdowns in 13 games with the Falcons. At the same time, it was only in 2020 that he posted a solid 56-571-6 stat line, so it isn't unfathomable that he could return to that level next season.

The 28-year-old veteran is also as reliable as they come, having caught 69.1% of his targets in 57 career games. Regardless of who New Orleans' quarterback is next year, that's the type of reliability that can improve the offense.

At the end of the day, stealing Hurst away from the rival Falcons could help the Saints in their pursuit for the division crown. FanDuel Sportsbook is listing New Orleans as having the second-best odds (+240) to win the NFC South in 2022.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. The views expressed in his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.