Canadian tight end Nikola Kalinic works out for Atlanta Falcons

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Canadian tight end Nikola Kalinic worked out for the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, per source.

The 26-year-old spent the first half of this past season on the practice roster with the Indianapolis Colts. He was promoted to the active roster for the second half of the season, dressing for seven games and recording one kickoff return for 15 yards.

The Toronto native was waived by the team last month and has since worked out for the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns.

Kalinic was selected by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the second round of the 2019 CFL Draft out of York University. He dressed for 30 games over two seasons with the club and recorded 23 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns.

At the 2019 CFL Combine, Kalinic recorded a 4.79-second forty-yard dash, 4.44-second shuttle, 7.44-second three-cone, 30.5-inch vertical, nine-foot, four-inch broad jump, and 10 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

The six-foot-four, 245-pounder appeared in 31 games over four seasons (2015-18) at York and caught 38 passes for 416 yards and two touchdowns. He became the first player in school history to be named to the OUA all-star team twice in one season, once on offence and once on special teams.

Kalinic worked out for a number of teams prior to signing with the Colts in January 2022, including the Tennessee Titans, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, New York Giants, Packers, and Colts.

The Falcons did not select a tight end in the 2023 NFL Draft, nor did they sign one as an undrafted free agent. Canadian offensive lineman Matthew Bergeron was the club’s second-round pick and has since signed his four-year rookie contract with the club.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.