The Atlanta Falcons announced Tuesday that they have tendered restricted free agent running back Brian Hill.
Atlanta has placed an original-round tender on Hill, who was selected in the fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. This means that the Falcons would receive a fifth-round pick as compensation if Hill were to sign with another team during free agency. Because Hill is a restricted free agent, Atlanta also has the option to match any offer made by another team.
The Falcons brought Hill back to Atlanta in 2017 after he had a brief stint with the Cincinnati Bengals. Hill, 24, had a breakout performance against the Carolina Panthers in Week 16 of the 2018 season when he carried the ball eight times for 115 yards. After backup running back Ito Smith landed on injured reserve midway through the 2019 season, Hill stepped in as the primary backup for Devonta Freeman. Hill finished the 2019 season with 109 carries for 517 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
According to a report by Ian Rapoport, the Falcons are planning to release Freeman. With no clear returning starter currently on the roster, Hill figures to compete with Smith and second-year back Qadree Ollison for the top spot on the depth chart this offseason.
Before heading into the 2020 NFL year, we are going to look back at the best images from players on the active roster. Take a look at the best of running back Brian Hill.