Arthur Blank: “No need to worry” about Matt Ryan extension

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Falcons owner Arthur Blank is about to write a very large check to Matt Ryan. But it’s worth remembering that Blank also receives many much larger checks, so perhaps that’s why he’s so calm.

Blank told Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he wasn’t panicked at all about the pace of the negotiations with the former MVP quarterback.

“The most direct and honest answer is: no need to worry, good conversations are happening, they are positive and there’s no timetable for this,” Blank wrote in an e-mail.

Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said this week he thought the deal was “close,” but given the size of Ryan’s impending deal, who knows how long it takes to bridge the gap.

Ryan’s clearly a better player than Kirk Cousins, but doesn’t have the benefit of an open amrket to drive his value higher, which would be the only thing that keeps him from a bigger deal than the $84 million over three years Cousins got from Minnesota.

By not getting Ryan’s deal done previously, the Falcons weren’t able to do much in free agency this spring. If they can get it done before the season, the cap savings can be funneled into extensions for players such as left tackle Jake Matthews and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, whose deals are up after this season.

5 responses to “Arthur Blank: “No need to worry” about Matt Ryan extension

  1. I agree that Ryan is better than Cousins but is this going to become the new benchmark for all QB deals? Obviously, the Vikings paid more guaranteed $ because they were knocking on the door step of the Super Bowl last year.. but I think it is a dangerous precedent to start using the “Cousins Benchmark” with every extension moving forward!

  2. Ryan’s clearly a better player than Kirk Cousins, but doesn’t have the benefit of an open amrket to drive his value higher, which would be the only thing that keeps him from a bigger deal than the $84 million over three years Cousins got from Minnesota.

    Collapsing completely in the second half of the Super Bowl won’t help either. Some people come up big in big games. Then you have Matty Ice who melts in big games.

  3. Ryan is certainly a more accomplished quarterback than Cousins, but I’m not sure how clear it is that Ryan is a better player. Compare their career stats, keeping in mind that Ryan has played on much better teams than Cousins has:

    Completion %:
    Ryan 64.9
    Cousins 65.5

    Yards per game:
    Ryan 264.5
    Cousins 261.4

    Yards per attempt:
    Ryan 7.5
    Cousins 7.7

    Touchdown %:
    Ryan 4.6
    Cousins 4.7

    Interception %:
    Ryan 2.3
    Cousins 2.6

    Passer rating:
    Ryan 93.4
    Cousins 93.7

    Seems to me that Ryan hit his ceiling in 2016 and Cousins still has a lot of upside.

    Nevertheless, Ryan will get a bigger contract than Cousins did. If they don’t want to give it to him this year, he doesn’t have to sign it.

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