With Joe Flacco getting a new contract completed with the Baltimore Ravens early this offseason, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan became next in line on the list of young quarterbacks looking to cash in with a big second contract.
Ryan is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent following the upcoming season but it’s unlikely he will ever reach free agency. While the process of getting a new deal done has been slow so far, Atlanta Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has no doubts a deal with ultimately get done to keep Ryan in Atlanta.
Dimitroff addressed where discussions stand with Ryan during an appearance on Late Hits with Alex Marvez and James Miller on Sirius XM radio.
“Right now there’s nothing new on the contract,” Dimitroff said. “Understand that he will be here. We will get this done and we would prefer to have this done sooner than later.”
Dimitroff clearly stated a deal with Ryan was not a top priority in the lead-up to the NFL Draft at the end of April. Now that the draft is in the rear-view mirror, the Falcons can turn their attentions back toward getting their franchise quarterback locked up for the forseeable future.
“We have a very good working relationship with CAA (and Ryan’s agent Tom Condon) and I’m confident that this will, when the time is right, move expeditiously to get his done,” Dimitroff said.
Flacco earned a six-year, $120 million deal with the Ravens. With only one playoff win under his belt and Flacco already with a Super Bowl ring, it would seem difficult for Ryan’s contract to rise to the same level as Flacco’s deal. Ryan will get paid big money. It just seems to be a matter of time.