Not that there was any doubt it would get done, but Kyle Pitts and the Atlanta Falcons have come to terms on his contract that will be worth $32.9M across four years.
Pitts was the highest drafted tight end in the history of the NFL and is the presumed heir apparent to Julio Jones who was traded to the Tennessee Titans earlier this month.
NFL contracts historically haven’t been guaranteed, only the signing bonus is guaranteed, but in a trend that is beneficial to the well-being of the players most first round picks, including Pitts are getting fully guaranteed deals.
There will be heavy expectations on Pitts coming into the season as one of the most hyped receivers ever (and easily the most hyped tight end), but the burden to replace Jones won’t fall directly on him this year.
Calvin Ridley was excellent as a No. 1 receiver last season when Jones was out and will be counted on to improve on his impressive 2020 campaign that saw him catch 90 passes for 1,374 yards.