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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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Oct 22 2014 5:56pm CDT | Source: Scout.com

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The Pressure Is Getting To Matt Ryan

Oct 22 2014 5:12pm CDT | Source: SportsGrid

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Fantasy Football: Week 8 Matchups

Oct 22 2014 4:43pm CDT | Source: New York Times: Sports

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NFL Power Rankings: Week 8 Standings Based on Latest Super Bowl Odds

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It's been a wild ride through seven weeks of the 2014 NFL season. Power rankings have shifted dramatically over that span as a result of surprisingly inconsistent play throughout the league. That trend continues into Week 8 following a bevy of turbulent performances. Some teams previously heralded as part of the NFL's upper echelon produced terrible showings in Week 7. Conversely, a few squads ascended up the ranks after some better-than- ...
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Fantasy football rankings, Week 8: Quarterbacks

Oct 22 2014 8:23am CDT | Source: SBNation

The SB Nation Fantasy staff stacks up the quarterbacks for Week 8. Though fantasy football leagues were turned upside-down with Ryan Tannehill, Eli Manning and Ryan Fitzpatrick cracking the top 10 in points among quarterbacks for Week 7, no one could touch Seattle's Russell Wilson, who continues his tremendous season by racking up points on the ground as well as through the air. Wilson dominated the St. Louis Rams in a losing effort, rac ...
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Fantasy football owners are at the point in the season where fringe starters are not only the most difficult choice they have to make on a weekly basis, but those starters also decide matchups in that same span. Look at, say, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu last week. After two straight games of double-digit production and with A.J. Green watching in sweatpants from the sideline, Sanu went out and nabbed just five points while struggling with drops. Those who starte ...
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