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Falcons release tight end Jonnu Smith

The former third-round draft pick had 50 receptions for 582 yards and three touchdowns in 17 games last season.

INDIANAPOLIS — The Atlanta Falcons are releasing tight end Jonnu Smith, the team announced Tuesday. The move was first reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter.

By parting ways with Smith, the Falcons save $6.5 million towards the salary cap, according to

Smith spent one season in Atlanta, after the Falcons made a trade with the New England Patriots on March 15, 2023. The Falcons sent the Patriots a seventh-round draft pick in exchange for Smith.

Through 17 games, featuring six starts, Smith caught 50 of his 70 targets for 582 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He played 58% of the Falcons offensive snaps in 2023.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Jonnu Smith #81 runs after a catch during the first half of the Week 18 Game against the New Orleans Saints at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana on Sunday, January 7, 2024. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Atlanta Falcons)

The Falcons marked Smith's third team in seven years. He spent 2021-22 with the Patriots and 2017-20 with the Tennessee Titans.

Former Falcons head coach Arthur Smith was Jonnu Smith's tight ends coach (2017-18) and offensive coordinator (2019-20) in Tennessee, so there was a tie that brought the 6-foot-3, 248-pound Philadelphia native to Atlanta.

Smith was originally a third-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft out of Florida International.

Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Raheem Morris are currently in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine.

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