It’s put-up-or-shut-up time for Matt Ryan.
After an offseason marred by contract negotiations, the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to lock Ryan up to the tune of a five-year deal worth $103.75 million. Hey — that’s $103.75 per playoff win! However, in the NFL it’s all about the guaranteed money and Ryan has more of that than anyone in the league. In fact, the Falcons owe Ryan $59 million in guaranteed cash — Tom Brady reworked his contract this offseason to give him $57 million in guaranteed money which is second in the league.
This move puts Ryan in an elite class of quarterbacks and Falcons fans fear that his play on the field will suffer due to the heightened expectations.
While Ryan’s resume may be full of regular season success, he still only has one playoff win to his name and is entering year six of his NFL career. Hopefully, the opposite is true and the dollar signs light a fire underneath Ryan, but either way the money spent on Ryan is going to be a hot topic in Atlanta for decades.
The Falcons better get used to the “Super Bowl or bust” label, because this is a team that is finally maturing and is running out of excuses. Unless Ryan wants to be known as Tony Romo for the rest of time, No. 2 better start winning playoff games — Romo and Ryan both have one postseason win.