The Atlanta Falcons lost their starting tight end Jacob Tamme for the rest of 2016, and we discussed how the team would look to replace him this season. Tamme, of course, will close out his two-year deal and turn 32 in the offseason. He had a career-best season in 2015 and appeared to be an important cog in Atlanta's offense this season. Will the team bring him back due to his success, or try out a younger player?
Austin Hooper is likely the starter of the future, but Tamme might fit in well as the number two in a tight end-heavy offense. So we weren't surprised when the Falcons tweeted Tamme some encouraging words for the future.
It was surprising when that tweet was deleted and resent, where they removed any mention of next season.
@JacobTamme setbacks set up major comebacks. All the best for a speedy recovery. #RiseUp— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) November 18, 2016
There's a possibility the team's twitter writer forgot Tamme was no longer under contract after this season. At the same time, seeing the team do this is a reminder that there are no guarantees in the NFL, and you can't even promise a player on Twitter that you will bring him back next year.
This quick change must be tough on Tamme, as he already has a tough road ahead of him.