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NFL: Falcons, QB Matt Ryan Agree to 5-Year, $103.75-M Deal
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NFL: Falcons, QB Matt Ryan Agree to 5-Year, $103.75-M Deal

Jul 26 2013, 1:11am CDT | by

Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons reached a five-year contract extension on Thursday reportedly worth $103.75 million.

Matt Ryan will be the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons for at least five more years.  Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Ryan and the Falcons agreed to a five-year...

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NFL: Falcons, QB Matt Ryan Agree to 5-Year, $103.75-M Deal

Jul 26 2013, 1:11am CDT | by

Quarterback Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons reached a five-year contract extension on Thursday reportedly worth $103.75 million.

Matt Ryan will be the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons for at least five more years. 

Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Ryan and the Falcons agreed to a five-year extension on Thursday worth $103.75 million. The deal features $59 million in guaranteed money. Ledbetter says Ryan's average annual compensation will now amount to $20.75 million. 

This would make him the NFL's second-highest paid player behind fellow quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, who earns $22 million per year. He overtakes the Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco who is paid $20.1 million annually.  

Ryan told ESPN he doesn't feel any additional pressure because of his new deal. 

"The expectations we set for our football team and my personal expectations are higher than any expectation anybody's going to put on you."

Falcons owner Arthur Blank emphasizes Ryan has been a big part of the franchise's turnaround. 

"Matt has been an important part of that process over the last five years. We have had a great head coach and a great general manager. They've both been a big, big part of our success. Matt, as our franchise quarterback and the first player ever drafted by Mike (Smith, Atlanta head coach) and Thomas (Dimitroff) in 2008, he's a huge part of that.

"We look forward to Matt being an Atlanta Falcon for the rest of his career. But we've had a lot of players, a lot of coaches and a lot of staff that have contributed to that success over the past five years. Matt has been an important part of that." 

Ryan hinted he's not concerned about the negotiations in the weeks leading up to the new deal. Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff said there was no set deadline to get things done regarding the matter, but hoped it would be accomplished before the 2013 NFL season kicks off. 

He's led the Falcons to five consecutive winning seasons - a feat which was never accomplished by the team prior to his arrival. He threw for 4.719 yards, 32 touchdowns and only 14 interceptions in the 2012 NFL season. 

 
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NFL 2014 Preview: The Atlanta Falcons

Aug 21 2014 8:51am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Sportsnet is breaking down everything you need to know about each of the 32 teams—including why you should or shouldn’t be rooting for them this season–in the month leading up to NFL kickoff on Sept. 4. Today, the Atlanta Falcons. Last year’s record: 4-12 Coach: Mike Smith 2014 is about… Pretending 2013 never happened. Prior to last season, the Falcons had put together five winning campaigns in a row and made the playoffs in four of the five. Last year was ...
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NFL 2014 Preview: The Atlanta Falcons

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Sportsnet is breaking down everything you need to know about each of the 32 teams—including why you should or shouldn’t be rooting for them this season–in the month leading up to NFL kickoff on Sept. 4. Today, the Atlanta Falcons. Last year’s record: 4-12 Coach: Mike Smith 2014 is about… Pretending 2013 never happened. Prior to last season, the Falcons had put together five winning campaigns in a row and made th ...
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Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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