Jaylinn Hawkins Released From Falcons: Report

The Atlanta Falcons have parted ways with safety Jaylinn Hawkins, according to media reports.

Tuesday afternoon, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution Falcons writer D. Orlando Ledbetter, the team requested a waiver for Hawkins. Ledbetter posted a screenshot on X (formerly Twitter) of the NFL Communications website with the Hawkins information listed on the screen.

The Falcons have not commented on the report. There was no confirmation of the story from Flowery Branch as of 8:30 PM Tuesday. On the newly released Falcons depth chart for Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hawkins is listed as a backup to Jessie Bates III under safety. Head coach Arthur Smith is expected to speak with the media tomorrow at Falcons headquarters.

It is estimated that cutting Hawkins would save the Falcons $1.7 million in cap space while adding $166,728 to the team’s dead money amount. If the Falcons wanted to make a move to shore up deficiencies in their roster, they now have $7.7 million in cap space to play with, according to Over The Cap’s projections. His salary was just over $1 million.

Hawkins, a 2020 draft pick, appeared in 48 games since 2020, with 22 total starts. As a Falcon, he has 124 tackles, 9 passes defended, and 4 interceptions to his credit.