The news broke shortly after the NFL's legal tampering period began Monday, but players won't be able to sign with teams until the new league year opens on Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET.
Obviously, anything can happen ahead of Wednesday afternoon, but if the Browns truly have Hooper in their pocket, it'll be terrific news for quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Hooper is a two-time Pro Bowler, like we mentioned above, and had a breakout year with the Atlanta Falcons in 2019 with 75 receptions for 787 yards and six touchdowns.
If the 25-year-old does end up signing with the Browns, Mayfield will have a pretty talented offensive group, including:
With all this star power, will Mayfield screw it up like he did last season? Freddie Kitchens essentially ruined the Browns last season, but Mayfield still threw 21 interceptions — just one shy of his 22 touchdowns on the season.
Kevin Stefanski, Cleveland's new head coach, is set to bring a new look to this Browns squad that was supposed to be destined for greatness last season.
Adding Hooper to the arsenal will only make the Browns a stronger team down the stretch, and we can only assume Mayfield will rely on him heavily throughout the season.
Hooper has more experience and is more skilled than Njoku at the tight end position, which will give Mayfield a much better option in the receiving game. And did we mention Hooper will be able to block to allow Chubb to have another stellar year as the team's running back?
This signing isn't just good for the Browns — it's good for Mayfield as he gears up for his third season at the helm of Cleveland's offense.
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