Shortly after Falcons owner Arthur Blank agreed to pay quarterback Matt Ryan $20.75 million a year, Blank said it’s all about winning a Super Bowl.
Blank praised Ryan, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff and coach Mike Smith for getting the deal done and positioning them to be a team that can win a championship.
“Matt is a franchise quarterback,” Blank said. “We’re not going to rest really well until we have rings. That’s what this is about.”
Ryan made clear that he’s very glad to be playing for a team owned by Blank.
“I have to begin by thanking Mr. Blank,” Ryan said. “Mr. Blank, I can’t thank you enough. It’s awesome, and I’m happy to be here.”
Now Ryan needs to get to work on showing that he deserves that $20.75 million a year, and doing everything he can to lead the Falcons to the first championship in franchise history.