There is no question about it. The Atlanta Falcons are convinced that Matt Ryan is a top NFL quarterback, and this year they are going to pay him like one. Negotiations are underway to lock-up Ryan for a multi-year deal.
After the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens signed Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco to a $120 million contract, the Falcons, and the Dallas Cowboys, are dealing with contract extensions for their quarterbacks. Unlike the Cowboys, the Falcons have a consistent quarterback, who has proven he can perform under pressure.
Nicknamed “Matty Ice,” Ryan stepped into a difficult situation. Drafted third overall in the 2008 NFL draft, Ryan was picked to replace embattled Michael Vick. The Falcons had been through as much drama as the Billy Martin New York Yankees. Ryan rose to the occasion. He provided a fresh face to a franchise that desperately needed to move beyond all the noise.
What did Ryan do with this challenge thus far? Only lead the Falcons to two 13-3 seasons (2010, 2012), and throw for 18,957 yards, 127 TD, with a completion percentage of 62.7%. Last year has been his best. Ryan’s numbers were astounding, 4,719 yards, 32 TD, only 14 INT. Compare that to Flacco: 3,717 total yards, 22 TD and 10 INT. You can see in 2012 that Ryan has established himself at the top of the NFL.
Falcon fans are in a frenzy to win the NFC Championship and, yes, the Super Bowl. With Ryan wrapped up in dough, they will have their top-tier QB around for a long time.