Falcons sign Jake Matthews to five-year extension

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It’s been a busy week for Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff.

He signed a contract extension that runs through the 2022 season, struck a deal that got wide receiver Julio Jones to report to camp and now he’s closing in on an extension with left tackle Jake Matthews. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Falcons are finalizing a deal with the 2014 first-round pick.

Rapoport reports that it is a five-year deal with a total value of $75 million. No other information regarding guaranteed money has been reported. The news comes shortly after the Titans signed Taylor Lewan, another 2014 first-round pick, to a five-year deal worth a reported $80 million.

Matthews has started every game he’s played for the Falcons since being drafted and has missed just one of the team’s games over that span.

The Falcons have also reportedly been working toward extensions for defensive tackle Grady Jarrett and safety Ricardo Allen, so Dimitroff probably won’t be taking much of a breather after getting things done with Matthews.

UPDATE 10:18 a.m. ET: The Falcons announced the deal is done.

10 responses to “Falcons sign Jake Matthews to five-year extension

  1. Wow. Big turnaround from his 2014 rookie season in which Pro Football Focus rated him the worst Offensive Tackle that year. Joeckel unfortunately couldn’t turn his career around.

  2. I could have had a carrier on the NFL, make a ton of money.
    Only one thing held me back…

    Talent or lack of. 😉

  3. This signing is laughable…they do know his first name isn’t Bruce right? Dude isn’t worth 28.3 million let alone 75.

  4. This is a very unconventional move by the falcons. Most teams prioritize having a good left tackle but instead Atlanta will chase the super bowl by regularly fielding a terrible one. Im watching you ATL, I dont know what ur trying but im not taking my eye off u for a minute!

  5. Maybe he hadn’t heard of the Lewan deal and signed a couple of hours to soon. Are Falcons trying to outdo the Rams with questionable deals?

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