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NFL: Falcons pick up option on Calvin Ridley, not Hayden Hurst

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The Atlanta Falcons picked up the fifth-year option on wide receiver Calvin Ridley but declined to do so for tight end Hayden Hurst, multiple outlets reported Monday.

Ridley, 26, was a first-round pick in 2018 (26th overall) and set career highs with 90 receptions for 1,374 yards last season, adding nine touchdowns in 15 games.

Ridley will earn $11.12 million in 2022 under the optionl.

He has 217 receptions for 3,061 yards and 26 touchdowns in 44 games (30 starts) with the Falcons.

Hurst, the No. 25 pick in 2018 by the Baltimore Ravens, will become a free agent after the season. The Falcons acquired Hurst and a fourth-round pick in a trade last March, sending 2020 second- and fifth-round draft picks to the Ravens.

The Falcons selected Florida tight end Kyle Pitts with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 draft last week.

Hurst, 27, played in 16 games (nine starts) last season and recorded career highs in receptions (56), yards (571) and touchdowns (six).

In 44 games over three NFL seasons, Hurst has 99 catches for 1,083 yards and nine scores.

Hurst would have earned nearly $5.5 million in 2022 had his option been picked up.

–Field Level Media

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