A couple of weeks ago, Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said that quarterback Matt Ryan had no reason to worry about getting a contract extension because “something is around the corner” on the front.
Ryan has taken Dimitroff’s words to heart. Ryan said Monday that the timing of a contract extension is “not something I worry about” because he is sure that “it will take care of itself.” Because Ryan wants to remain with the Falcons and he feels confident that the Falcons want him to remain their quarterbacks, he’s choosing to focus on other things.
“I understand the nature of the business and how everything operates,” Ryan said, via the Associated Press. “At the same time, my focus has always been to just try to prepare myself to just play and let all the other stuff take care of itself. I’m not really too worried about it. My sole focus this offseason is to prepare myself, to work really hard and to try to give ourselves another chance like we had last year.”
Ryan is one of three quarterbacks expected to get contract extensions in the near future, joining Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford as those about to get handsomely rewarded for their play in recent years. Knowing that those contracts are just a matter of when instead of if makes it a lot easier to make other things priorities over the course of the offseason.