Should the Atlanta Falcons Give Matt Ryan a New Long-Term Deal?

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Now that Joe Flacco is the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL after agreeing to a new deal with the Baltimore Ravens, it seems like only a matter of time before the Atlanta Falcons do the same with Matt Ryan.

The former first-round pick will be entering the final year of his six-year deal with the Falcons in 2013 and with the way things have gone throughout the beginning of his career–it’s safe to say he’s worthy of a new long-term deal from the organization. Ryan is coming off the best season of his five-year career in which he threw for 4,719 yards to go along with 32 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

The best part is–there’s a good chance Ryan is only going to get better and better thanks to a strong receiving duo led by Roddy White and Julio Jones.

There’s no question Ryan is worthy of a new contract after next season considering he’s helped Atlanta reach the playoffs in four of his first five seasons in the league and the argument can be made that he’s one of the best quarterbacks to have in the fourth quarter–which is why he’s earned the nickname of “Matty Ice.”

Luckily, the Falcons still have plenty of time between now and the end of next season where they will have to make the decision on Ryan. He’s certainly worthy of a new long-term deal, but with the way things work in the NFL–it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Falcons ended up using the franchise tag as well.

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