When the Atlanta Falcons selected Matt Ryan in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft, there was obviously potential for him to emerge as the franchise’s next big quarterback, but nobody could have predicted the former Boston College star to make an impact like he did right away. Ryan has led the Falcons to the playoffs in four of his first five seasons and after falling just short of the Super Bowl last year–it appears the team is ready to lock him up with a new deal to keep him around for years to come.
Ryan and the Falcons are reportedly finalizing a five-year extension worth more than $100 million–which is worth it for Atlanta considering the team has one of the best wide receiver duos in the league consisting of Roddy White and Julio Jones. Ryan has played a key role in the success of the Falcons over the last five seasons and with the amount of quarterbacks receiving hefty contracts this offseason, the organization knew this was a move that needed to be taken care of now instead of later to make sure there star quarterback was happy heading into the 2013 season.
Ryan deal is done with 5 year ext at $103,750 million, $59 million guaranteed, $63 mill in first 3 years, $20.75 mill average per
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) July 25, 2013
Say what you want about Ryan only having one career playoff win in four postseason appearances, but the truth is he’s exactly what teams look for in a leader. There’s a reason why he earned the nickname Matty Ice and luckily for the Falcons–having Ryan under center should continue to make them contenders for years to come.