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Falcons cuts and Flacco deal make way for Matt Ryan

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In Atlanta and Baltimore, many tens of millions of dollars worth of deals happened Friday that had nothing to do with Matt Ryan.

And everything at the same time.

The Falcons quarterback benefitted directly from the $120.6 million deal agreed to by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, a deal which he’s in better position to get after a series of moves by his own team.

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Falcons cleared nearly $16 million worth of salary cap room with the releases of John Abraham, Dunta Robinson and Michael Turner.

While part of the proceeds will go to keeping their own core (players such as safety William Moore and others), and part will go into bringing in replacements (potentially a pass-rusher such as Dwight Freeney or Osi Umenyiora, or a running back like Steven Jackson), they’re going to be tucking away part for a rainy day as well.

Ryan’s entering the final year of his rookie contract, and while he doesn’t have a Super Bowl win or MVP trophy on his resume, he does have a enough to make a strong case to be paid just like Flacco — beginning with the fact no quarterback in the league has more regular season wins since 2008.

The Falcons generally acknowledge they’re going to deal with Ryan’s contract before the season starts, but they have a new bar to clear, and a little more room with which to make it work thanks to their other moves.

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36 Responses to “Falcons cuts and Flacco deal make way for Matt Ryan”
  1. bigdinla says: Mar 2, 2013 8:19 AM

    Matt Ryan is a much better QB than Flacco. Yet neither is worth $120,000,000.

  2. hartcarluncarlun says: Mar 2, 2013 8:24 AM

    Matt is a better QB than Flacco anyway……

  3. billinva says: Mar 2, 2013 8:27 AM

    They pay QB’s by playoff win. So Matt will get about $1.50 and a Big Mac coupon.

  4. mclovinib says: Mar 2, 2013 8:41 AM

    ryan=not so much

  5. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Mar 2, 2013 8:42 AM

    No MVPs and no Super Bowls means you don’t get paid like a Super Bowl MVP.

  6. joeflaccomvp says: Mar 2, 2013 8:45 AM

    It is obvious that Joe Flacco is a much better QB than Matt Ryan.

  7. 1rockyracoon says: Mar 2, 2013 8:46 AM

    Let’s take a look at post season success: Flacco- a lot of wins (many as the underdog) and a tremendous Super Bowl performance; Matty “ice cube” Ryan- 1 whole playoff win and a lot of choking as the home team. Ryan has a lot of wins at home as long as you are not talking about the playoffs. Flacco is definitely the better QB.

  8. noring4youstill says: Mar 2, 2013 8:48 AM

    League minimum

  9. hartcarluncarlun says: Mar 2, 2013 8:57 AM

    If Ryan had the def the Flacco had when he was drafted he would have 2 rings by now.

  10. bmorefalcon says: Mar 2, 2013 8:58 AM


    I would like to remind you that, while Joe was beating playoff power houses like Miami and Tennessee, Matt had to play real teams like Green Bay and New York. In fact, before this year I had never seen Flacco take over a playoff game and win it for his team. His job was to simply stump through 60 minutes without screwing it up.

  11. sophandros says: Mar 2, 2013 9:11 AM

    by the “post season success” logic some of you are employing, Mark Sanchez should be one of the highest paid QBs in the league…

  12. franktherat96 says: Mar 2, 2013 9:14 AM

    If the Falcons give Melted Ice Flacco/Brees money they are bigger idiots then I already think they are.

  13. listerineman says: Mar 2, 2013 9:33 AM

    please falcons overpay that guy so you have to cut more players. thank you.

  14. scoobies05 says: Mar 2, 2013 9:42 AM

    and if flacco had receivers like julio jones roddy white and tony gonzales he would probably have 2 rings too. when it was time for joe to take over he did. 11 tds and 0 ints in the playoffs are facts. and real teams? i guess indy ne denver and sf arent good. facts are facts. matt ryan is very good and a great fantasy qb. joe just wins and steps up when it matters most

  15. dontouchmyjunk says: Mar 2, 2013 9:48 AM

    Playoff and Super Bowl wins do not define the quarterback. Does anyone honestly believe Eli is better than Peyton? Of course not. Joe Flacco is similarly not better than Matt Ryan.

    In my view, no quarterback is worth 20 million per season. No human being is worth 20 million per year for doing anything!

  16. medialovesthecowboys says: Mar 2, 2013 10:09 AM

    Would like to point out that with Ray Lewis out the Ravens were garbage this year. They won enough games, so when he came back, they got into the post season. I’m VERY interested to see how Flacco performs next year without the team leader who rallies that defense. Not Flacco hating, just saying. As for Matty Ice, I love people love to put this guy miles ahead of a guy like Tony Romo. Even though Ryan was a first round pick who’s shown to be average to good in the playoffs. Honestly, I wouldn’t give big money to 80% of the QBs out there.

  17. scoobies05 says: Mar 2, 2013 10:15 AM

    did someone really say that playof and superbowl wins dont define a qb. thats crazy. the only reason dan marino isnt considered the best of all time is because he never won a sb. the only reason terry bradshaw and joe namath are in the hall of fame is because the won super bowls. qbs are for the most part totally defined by championships…thats why you play the game

  18. bullybirds says: Mar 2, 2013 10:29 AM

    Flacco = big game baller

    Ryan = big game choker

    It’s that simple. Ryan also doesn’t regularly beat top ten defenses, can’t take a hit, and has problems winning away from domes or in cold weather.

    Flacco plays in Pittsburgh and wins

    Plays in Denver and wins

    Plays in Foxborough (Patriots) and wins

    Regularly plays and beats top ten defenses

    Can take a shot as he has never missed a game in high school, college, or the NFL.

    Plays outside in cold weather or a dome and wins.

    Does not have a Roddy White, Tony Gonzales, or Julio Jones to throw to as the Ravens best WR would be a #3 WR with the Falcons.

    I feel that they both have different strengths and weaknesses, but in the end, I think Flacco is still improving in yr five while Ryan has leveled off, but is still pretty good.

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 2, 2013 10:38 AM

    did someone really say that playof and superbowl wins dont define a qb. thats crazy. the only reason dan marino isnt considered the best of all time is because he never won a sb. the only reason terry bradshaw and joe namath are in the hall of fame is because the won super bowls. qbs are for the most part totally defined by championships…thats why you play the game

    Boy do you change colors more than an old disco ball. Last year you were bragging about winning a tee shirt and close to a SB was great….this it’s only SB it its raven logic I forgot my bad.

  20. 1oldpro says: Mar 2, 2013 10:45 AM

    Let me get this straight. A playoff team with no defense and tons of cap room(Colts) releases an icon(Freeney) because he is too expensive, and a team with little cap room releases three starters so they can sign him and a RB.
    NFL Football turned into high stakes poker. All in!

  21. cowartsh says: Mar 2, 2013 10:46 AM

    You can say Ryan didn’t play we’ll in the playoffs up until last year. He had 2 terrific games. The defense lost the NFC championship

  22. thebrownswillalwaysloose says: Mar 2, 2013 10:54 AM

    Ryan is not better than Flacco! He’s good but certainty has a ways to go before (if ever) surpassing Flacco’s acomplishments.

  23. mrlaloosh says: Mar 2, 2013 10:57 AM

    No LGBT quarterback will win Super Bowl. Except Rodgers. Ryan, no.

  24. bcgreen21 says: Mar 2, 2013 11:18 AM

    Because Dilfer was a much better QB than Marino – he has the ring to prove it (sarcasm).

  25. ramofsteel says: Mar 2, 2013 11:29 AM

    Matt Ryan is a better QB than Joe Flacco; but Joe Flacco is on the better team.

    Arguing over who’s better is pointless…they’re both very good.

  26. rockthered1286 says: Mar 2, 2013 11:39 AM

    It’s easy. Flacco is today’s Brady. Wins in regular season and post season with average talent around him. Ryan is Peyton. Can put up huge numbers during the regular season (especially at home in domes) but come playoffs? Forget it. He’ll choke

    And we all know Brady is superior to Peyton.

  27. CKL says: Mar 2, 2013 11:59 AM

    scoobies05 says:
    Mar 2, 2013 10:15 AM
    did someone really say that playof and superbowl wins dont define a qb. thats crazy. the only reason dan marino isnt considered the best of all time is because he never won a sb. the only reason terry bradshaw and joe namath are in the hall of fame is because the won super bowls. qbs are for the most part totally defined by championships…thats why you play the game
    Maybe that’s that person’s opinion. I happen to agree to an extent. It’s how the guy plays to help or hurt his team in obtaining championships that’s important to me. You’re correct that some guys are in the HOF due to championships and that they are QBs. I think that’s unfair. Jim Kelley has no SB rings and didn’t play well in a good bit of the playoffs either but is in the HOF.

    THIS year Flacco’s play was a big part of the Ravens’ run, there’s no doubt about it. A guy is worth what someone will pay him but to me he’s not an elite player overall. That’s ok, teams that are more well balanced are more likely to win SBs. I know mine hasn’t since it went offense heavy and that’s WITH an elite QB. All that matters is that your QB is good enough to win rings with…period.

  28. imhim00 says: Mar 2, 2013 12:09 PM

    Matt is a better QB period regardless of playoff wins. Flacco is a good QB as well just have a better overall team then Matt. Falcons defense let ALOT of games get away from them. Which Matt has no control over.

  29. coughlinsredcheeks says: Mar 2, 2013 12:12 PM

    History will always remember how the SB MVP was the best during his era. Just ask Jim Plunkett, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypien.

  30. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 2, 2013 12:19 PM

    Draft Matt Ryan if you want to win your fantasy league. Draft Joe Flacco if you want to win the Super Bowl.

  31. Stiller43 says: Mar 2, 2013 2:15 PM

    I *think* matt is a better qb than flacco…however, ryan has 1 playoff win. Theres no comparison flacco should have a much bigger deal

  32. akingdell says: Mar 2, 2013 4:11 PM

    Superbowl rings arent a QB stat. The ravens won a superbowl with trent dilfer at the helm! Does that make dilfer better then Dan Marino because his team didnt win a superbowl? Flaccos postseason record is very misleading. He has TWO postseason games where he didnt throw a TD pass and another where he only threw for 48 yards. Half of those postseason wins where NOT because of flacco but in SPITE OF flacco.

    With that being said, Ryan is a better QB then flacco but neither deserve that much money.

  33. akingdell says: Mar 2, 2013 4:17 PM

    Flaccos season stats where on the level of CARSON PALMERS stats! Ryan was TOP 5 in every QB category. Falcons also had the 29th ranked rushing offense and 24th ranked defense.

    Even in the playoffs against the 49ers, ryan threw over 400 yards, 3 Tds , completed over 70% of his passes and finished with 114 rating. The falcons defense however, was giving up 30.8 points a game in the playoffs. Ravens defense was giving up 17.7!!! Huge diffrence.

    In fact the diffrence in the falcons beating the 49ers and ravens beating the 49ers was a SPECIAL TEAMS play.

    Im not a fan of either team but some of you ravens fans are RIDICULOUS. Neither QB deserves that much money

  34. scoobies05 says: Mar 2, 2013 4:35 PM

    several good points ckl. and great call on kelly. i think those bills teams are extremely underrated. no other team has ever gone to 4 straight super bowls. who is your team

  35. randallflagg52 says: Mar 2, 2013 6:36 PM

    Matt Ryan is only a good QB in fantasy leagues, and thrives on putting up big numbers in garbage time. Stats are for losers, as it is often said. Joe is the superior player.

  36. ravensnosncaps says: Mar 2, 2013 7:59 PM

    Both qbs are good overall. But flacco has more success. bmorefalcon you serious? Real team in the playoffs? Ravens played and beat them all Incase you forgot including the 49ers

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