Matt Ryan agrees to massive extension with the Falcons

AP

The NFL now has a $30 million a year quarterback. And it’s not Aaron Rodgers.

According to Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Falcons have agreed to a new five-year extension with quarterback Matt Ryan, which hits a new benchmark for annual average, and includes $100 million guaranteed.

That surpasses the three-year, $84 million deal (all guaranteed) Kirk Cousins just got from the Vikings, but will be surpassed again when the Packers eventually pay their quarterback.

Ryan was entering the final year of his contract, and the lack of an extension kept them from doing much in free agency earlier this offseason.

85 responses to “Matt Ryan agrees to massive extension with the Falcons

  1. wow, but if below .500 QB Cousins gets 28 a year then 30 seems cheap for a good QB

  2. Ryan has blown a double digit playoff lead four times.

    Good job, Failcans.

  3. It seems to me that this cat has always been a little over rated. I get that elite QBs are a rare find, but paying a regular guy elite $$ doesn’t make him elite. Ask the Ravens about that – at least THEY made this mistake after collecting a ring!

  4. Well deserved. Very few live up to the hype coming out of college. He only needed his first NFL pass to prove he belonged. I’ll also add that at this rate Green bay’s going to have to sell some more stock to afford Rodgers.

  5. A lot of people will mock this contract, whilst secretly wishing they had a QB that was worth throwing $30 million a year at.

  6. Jeopardy category: QB salaries for over 100,000,000.
    24 hours
    What is the over/under for the time it will take for Aaron Rodgers to exceed this contract?

  7. I still find it funny that fans think SB’s are a QB stat. As if SB’s won only because of a QB and not because of a good team.

  8. I wonder what Jake Long is doing now? I get the Cardinals passing on a QB (Warner and top pick Leinart) but Miami got greedy and went LT, thinking Henne was the answer in round 2.

  9. Mr Regular season gets that much? Apparently really winning doesn’t matter.

  10. Also to everyone who says, “lot of money for no SB”. The league is filled with guys making a ton of money. Only a small percentage have even been to the “SB” and even smaller amount have won. You see as the cap goes up but the roster size does not that means the guys on the roster will see bigger pay checks. I believe it’s simple math…

  11. The head cheese cheater should have contract language that deducts points earned during pre-snap defensive plays to provide incentive for MR FRAUD from padding his stats. He is unable to run an offensive without cheating.

  12. The NFL will have to raise the cap limit quite a bit………or switch to eight-man football.

  13. Ha! And you thought Cousins took the Vikes to the cleaners with HIS contract! “We’re not done yet!”, says the agents for Brady and Rodgers.

  14. LOL … Brady’s a sucker. He has a couple years left in his career, and never going to get paid. He fell for it, he actually fell for it.

  15. Last time he won a League Championship as a starting QB was in 2001, leading Penn Charter HS to the Inter-Ac Championship!!!
    Rodgers is gonna be getting $35 a year fully guaranteed. No wonder he, his agent, & Gutenkist decided to wait out the “other” QB signings. There was no way AR was gonna sign for less than Matty Ice.

  16. It seems like there are more serviceable QBs than ever in the league right now, I’m surprised to see QB salaries skyrocketing like this

  17. I wonder what Jake Long is doing now? I get the Cardinals passing on a QB (Warner and top pick Leinart) but Miami got greedy and went LT, thinking Henne was the answer in round 2.
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    Jake Long was a 4 time Pro bowler and 2 time All Pro in his first 4 seasons. Not the Dolphins fault he got hurt. Up until 2 seasons ago most people were questioning if Ryan was a franchise QB, then Shanahan turned his career around. I like Ryan, but don’t act as if Long was a bust, he was right behind Joe Thomas as one of the best LT’s in the game.

  18. Carson Wentz said cancel that 500,000 I asked for to help Haiti. I GOT THIS NEXT YEAR

  19. 8 other NFC QBs have made it to the Super Bowl since Ryan entered the league.
    Warner, Brees, Rogers, E. Manning, R. Wilson, Kaepernick, Newton and Foles.

    Seems like this pay raise is about right.

  20. LOL … Brady’s a sucker. He has a couple years left in his career, and never going to get paid. He fell for it, he actually fell for it.
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    Safe to say Brady’s not in it for the money at this point, don’t you think? Probably the reason he is the most decorated and widely regarded as the best QB ever. If that’s a sucker, sign me up.

  21. Dan Muston says:
    May 3, 2018 at 4:38 pm
    LOL … Brady’s a sucker. He has a couple years left in his career, and never going to get paid. He fell for it, he actually fell for it.
    *****************

    Love this thinking, yeah Brady “fell for it” by consistently taking less than top of the market deals and allowing his team to be built to win 5 SBs…yeah, he sure is kicking himself for not killing the cap and only being labelled as the GOAT by many.

    You have guys like Cousins, Stafford, Ryan, and Rodgers who think that being the highest paid at the position makes you the best, while others like Brady are happy to take less, win, and actually BE the best.

    I hope every QB not names Brady gets the next highest contract ever, while TB and the Pats continue to play in the SB every year.

  22. You’ve got to be kidding! They didn’t learn from the Ravens, by watching them over pay for Flacco? Guess not.

  23. grumpysal says:
    May 3, 2018 at 4:52 pm
    Dan Muston says:
    May 3, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Love this thinking, yeah Brady “fell for it” by consistently taking less than top of the market deals and allowing his team to be built to win 5 SBs…yeah, he sure is kicking himself for not killing the cap and only being labelled as the GOAT by many.

    You have guys like Cousins, Stafford, Ryan, and Rodgers who think that being the highest paid at the position makes you the best, while others like Brady are happy to take less, win, and actually BE the best.

    I hope every QB not names Brady gets the next highest contract ever, while TB and the Pats continue to play in the SB every year.
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    If Brady’s the GOAT, then Lance Armstrong is definitely the GOAT, and oh ya Barry Bonds as well….the GOAT club, right? Now move on sport, nothing under BB is legit and you know it.

  24. While I like Matt Ryan’s game, and he is surrounded by some great offensive pieces…. They are going to have to score 50 points per game, since they aren’t going to be able to afford to pay 11 guys to play defense.

  25. 30 million sounds great now but to lock yourself into a 5 year deal is not smart–Matt, you will be underpaid in 2 to 3 years

  26. The path to guaranteed contracts in the NFL goes through the QBs. No hometown discounts when it’s your turn Rodgers.

  27. $30/year with NO SUPER BOWL WIN? Huh?

    Alright then, let’s play money-ball: if Matty “NO SB WIN” Ice (Ryan) is worth $150M/5 years, then DaBreeze (Drew Brees), with his SB win/SB MVP title and Dan Marino passing record surpass, is worth $300M: $60M x 5 years.

    Who Dat Breeze?

  28. Remember the narrative about how Brees is greedy, but the reality is that he took a very cap friendly real to help his team win.

    Stats-wise, the greatest QB of our times, twice setting NFL completion % record, and Super Bowl winner, took a low paying deal compared to all the pretenders and hustlers now jockeying to be the highest paid.

    Remember that when the Saints stomp the Falcons this year and make the post season again while all the big payday guys sit at home cause they don’t have a complete team.

  29. Matt Ryan is a better QB than Rodgers, and he doesn’t whine about anything like Erin. Have you ever heard Ryan cry that he wasn’t informed about a player being cut? Nope. Rodgers is a diva that is not even liked by his own family.

    Cousins will prove this season that he is better than Erin. He now has more weapons than he ever had. He nows has a stout defense to protect the points he puts on the board. He has WR’s and TE’s that will make him look great, and he has a great RB group to add to it. We will see plenty of crying from Erin this year, and it won’t just come from his shattered collarbone.

  30. Let those teams do it. They will enter into the world of cap h___. They’ll lose a lot of good players that way. Besides, their competition will sign them up, and beat you with the players you couldn’t afford anymore.

  31. And the hits keep coming on how the GOAT is getting screwed in New England. 1st his back up Jimmy G. now Matt what’s his name. Patriots are making the Goat look like a jack ass.

  32. This is TOTALLY, TOTALLY insane.

    And it will be even more insane with Rodgers.

    NFL owners, do not EVER ask the taxpayers for another nickel when you throw money around like this.

  33. But my Seahawks have Russell Wilson, this is not good…

    I think quarterback pay is getting out of control a little bit. The best guys should be making about 25 million which is 10 more than anybody else on the team can possibly get and it leaves enough room in the cap to actually put a team around them.

    If this continues where does it stop?

  34. Atlanta has officially been eliminated from Superbowl contention…

    How many teams have won a Superbowl with a QB who had a cap hit greater than $18 million?…

    #Zero

  35. To all of the Falcons fans justifying this contract and lack of SB victories, I say go back to your loss to the Patriots and watch the last quarter and a half. Like him or hate him, Brady took over that game completely. He makes great throw after great throw and the only drops his the receiver in the hands.

    It’s incredible to watch what an elite QB does in crunch time, but you’re fooling yourselves if you think QBs aren’t by far the largest component in a championship!

  36. I love the people calling Brady Stupid. His current net worth is $186 Million give or take a couple mil. He’s made over $200 Mil before taxes just playing football. One of the few Athletes in the NFL that aren’t so greedy that he holds his team ransom every contract year. When he took his first hometown discount he said, “I’m a millionaire. What is the difference between a couple million dollars at this point. I’m richer than most people”. A class act all the way. Good luck with your QBs next contract.

  37. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    May 3, 2018 at 5:35 pm
    Matt Ryan is a better QB than Rodgers, and he doesn’t whine about anything like Erin. Have you ever heard Ryan cry that he wasn’t informed about a player being cut? Nope. Rodgers is a diva that is not even liked by his own family.

    Cousins will prove this season that he is better than Erin. He now has more weapons than he ever had. He nows has a stout defense to protect the points he puts on the board. He has WR’s and TE’s that will make him look great, and he has a great RB group to add to it. We will see plenty of crying from Erin this year, and it won’t just come from his shattered collarbone.

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    Please…..Kirk Cousins stinks. The Vikings would be better with Teddy.

  38. digbickfoles says:
    May 3, 2018 at 4:16 pm
    They just gave 30 million a year to the quarterback with the lowest ceiling in his division.
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    You got Winston winning a league MVP and taking Tampa Bay to the Super Bowl?

  39. jlgmr777 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 4:57 pm
    You’ve got to be kidding! They didn’t learn from the Ravens, by watching them over pay for Flacco? Guess not.
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    Flacco is the most accomplished QB from that draft class. Superbowl win, most road playoff wins

  40. Congratulations Matt! Being from Philadelphia and watching you have tremendous success all through your entire career was/is great! Well deserved! Eagles fan!

  41. scmems07 says:
    May 3, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I still find it funny that fans think SB’s are a QB stat. As if SB’s won only because of a QB and not because of a good team.
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    Of course winning a SB requires a good team. But it was always … Bradshaw and Montana have 4, Aikman has 3 etc. It wasn’t until Brady won 5 that all of sudden it’s only a team stat and nothing to do with the QB.

  42. Alright. Packers better sign Rodgers before the ante keeps getting upped. Heck the lions signing Stafford last year now actually looks like good timing bc it was before cousins and Matt Ryan were coming up for new contracts. The ceiling just keeps going higher. And The super bowl was won by a backup qb last year. Kinda makes you wonder.

  43. A lot of money for a guy with no SB victories….
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    Yeah! You tell ’em Patsies fan!! If ANYONE deserves that money, it’s Trent Diller or Joe Fluke-O…Purple Browns fan knows!! Ain’t that right “jamaltimore”….haha, losers.

  44. “Hey, whatever makes Rodgers cost GB more money! SKOL!” Well, at least GB is getting something for their money. MN paid a bunch of dough to a guy who hasn’t won much. Not a Super Bowl (Rodgers has that); not an MVP (Rodgers has more than one of those) and not even that many games. (26-30-1). A passer rating of 93.7 versus a passer rating of 103.83.

    At least Rodgers is worth the dough they’re paying him.

  45. Nothing against Jake long but at no point in his career was he ever considered one of the top tackles in the NFL. He just wasn’t . Ryan has been good since the day he entered the NFL. He is has been very good lately. Wait until they get that show going this year after taking Ridley. Just FYI Ryan doesn’t play defense not his fault that nobody on his team did either when it counted.

    Saigned Raider Fan

  46. Calm down Patriot fans i’m sure Ryan will treat Tommy to an ice cream

  47. The consistent
    Nonsensical “ he has no rings” argument Patriots bandwagon nation brings up on every post about any other qb’s is simply soooo foolish. Frank Crossetti has 8 world series rings and the greatest hitter who ever lived , ted williams, has none. End of argument period

  48. @calizcowboy

    “WTF” really ? Next year the absolute stiff who masquerades as a QB in dallas is gonna be asking for the same money

  49. derekgorgonstar says:
    May 3, 2018 at 4:13 pm
    Ryan has blown a double digit playoff lead four times.

    Good job, Failcans.
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    Didn’t know Matt Ryan played D.

  50. Tom Brady and his wife have a net worth of around 1/2 billion. I think he’s ok with sacrificing salary for a better team.

  51. You have to pay your QB, but you can’t pay everyone. I think the Falcons will be ok, as they’ve shown the ability to consistently find good players in the middle rounds since Scott Pioli came aboard.

  52. jlgmr777
    May 3, 2018, 3:57 PM CDT

    You’ve got to be kidding! They didn’t learn from the Ravens, by watching them over pay for Flacco? Guess not.
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    Joe Flacco has a Super Bowl title and was the Super Bowl MVP. He has 10 playoff wins with 7 of them on the road. I’m not a Raven’s fan but I would rather pay for facts not fiction

  53. All these comments are silly. Matt Ryan absolutely deserves to get paid. He has been fantastic. He has suited up every Sunday and has played at a high level. Super Bowl victories are not a QB stat, and it takes more than a QB to win a Super bowl.

  54. He has set record after record. I know a lot of other teams would love to have Matt Ryan running their offense. The envy is apparent in these posts. He will retire a Falcon, and hopefully with a couple of rings. Go Falcons!!!

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