Falcons Plan To Tender ERFA K Younghoe Koo, Add Kicking Competition


Jason Butt of The Athletic, citing league sources, reports that the Falcons plan to tender a contract to exclusive rights free agent K Younghoe Koo this offseason.

Exclusive rights contracts are one-year deals worth the minimum salary based on a player’s NFL experience.

However, the Falcons still plan to bring in more kicking competition this offseason, so Koo will have to win the job this summer.

“We want to make sure the competition is right in there, but I would say Younghoe did an excellent job,” Falcons HC Dan Quinn said at his end of the year press conference. “He wanted to come in and prove it. (He) kicked off, made tough kicks in some pressure. He wanted to make sure he represented himself in a way that he could throw his name into the competition and I thought he did that.”

Koo, 25, wound up signing a three-year, $1.66 million contract with the Chargers as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia Southern back in 2017. He was set to make a base salary of $465,000 for the 2017 season when the Chargers waived him a few weeks into the season.

After a stint with the AAF’s Atlanta Legends, the Patriots signed Koo to their practice squad. However, he was released during the season and later signed on with the Falcons. 

In 2019, Koo appeared in eight games for the Falcons and converted 23 of 26 field goal attempts (88.5 percent) to go along with 15 of 16 extra point tries (93.8 percent).

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