Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said three key players, including starters Austin Hooper and De'Vondre Campbell, will likely hit the open market when the new league years begins on March 18, but made it clear that he would like to have all three back in 2020.
Dimitroff said on Tuesday at the NFL combine in Indianapolis that "while it's never easy to let good players get to the market," he's hopeful that the Falcons will be able to re-sign Hooper, Campbell and Wes Schweitzer, a key reserve offensive lineman who made seven starts in 2019.
"This does not necessarily close the door on their time with the Falcons and we fully intend on negotiating with them in the free agency period as we work through our roster-building scenarios," Dimitroff said. "Oftentimes you have to look at what the market is to determine whether you're willing, as an organization, to step up and pay those players a certain amount of money."
Hooper, 25, is coming off the best season of his career and has emerged as a consistent weapon for the Falcons since Atlanta selected him in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft.