Reports: Matt Bryant gets three-year deal worth $10.5 million with Falcons

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Most of the top kickers scheduled for free agency are signing new contracts with their current teams before hitting the open market.

Matt Bryant was the latest to sign a new deal on Monday as he re-upped with the Atlanta Falcons for three more seasons. According to multiple reports, Bryant will earn $10.5 million with a signing bonus of $2 million. Incentives can push the total value of the deal to a max of $12 million.

The deals for Bryant, Adam Vinatieri of the Indianapolis Colts and Ryan Succop of the Tennessee Titans have all signed new deals worth between $3.5-4 million a year, on average, this offseason. Graham Gano could also get a new deal with the Carolina Panthers (or be subject to the franchise or transition tag) before hitting free agency on March 14.

With Bryant, Vinatieri and Succop all off the board, it leaves Gano, Sebastian Janikowski, Nick Folk, Blair Walsh, Cairo Santos, Mike Nugent and Kai Forbath as some of the notable free agents-to-be available at kicker for when the new league year begins.

4 responses to “Reports: Matt Bryant gets three-year deal worth $10.5 million with Falcons

  1. The long extra point is costing teams millions. Good for kickers.

    Not too long ago, anything approaching 50 yards was iffy at best. Now they got that part down, kind of surprising how many miss extra points.

    So kickers are becoming like QB’s. Got some elite ones that make most extra points and the long ones too. The extra point/plus 50 yd consistency guys are separating themselves. Not enough to go around equals more money.

    PS: Personal peeve: When teams miss an extra point and try and get it back on the next TD with a now failed 2 point conversion. Kickers don’t usually miss 2 in a game. Then the other team kicks two field goals and you’re losing 13-12 or 20-19. One of the playoff games looked like this was going to bite them but it didn’t. Forgot which one…

  2. As far as the above free agents, they may be sitting by the phone a while. A lot of teams have been having more success with UDFA’s who are younger with stronger legs and more ice in their veins.

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