Arthur Blank doesn’t commit to Matt Ryan moving forward

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The Falcons will have a new coach and a new General Manager in 2021. They also may have a new quarterback.

As Monday whether 35-year-old Matt Ryan continues to be the quarterback of the future for the Falcons, team owner Arthur Blank declined to commit.

I love Matt, much like I love Dan [Quinn], I love Thomas [Dimitroff],” Blank said in a press conference that featured a pool reporter asking pre-submitted questions, as to the specific topic of Ryan’s interest in playing until he’s 40. “Matt’s been a franchise leader for us. A great quarterback. One of the leading quarterbacks in the last 13 years in the NFL. So I hope he’s gonna be part of our plans going forward. But that will be a decision that I won’t make.

“You know, Matt has the ability to play at a very high level, even at this age. Whether that’s gonna continue or not, I’m not sure. I appreciate his willingness to consider doing that, and the level of what he’s played for us for 13 years, which has been incredible. So I — we’ll have to see. But then again that’s gonna be a decision at the end of the day that’ll be — part of it will be up to the player and part of it will be up to the coaching staff. And whether or not Matt can keep himself together and God willing he’ll be able to do that and play at the level that he’s capable of playing at.”

At a time when plenty of quarterbacks are playing at a high level as they approach and surpass 40, there’s no reason to think Ryan can’t keep going. Regardless, Blank made it clear that whether Ryan stays hinges on whether the new regime wants him — and whether he wants to remain in Atlanta.

If he doesn’t want to stay or if the Falcons don’t want him to, there’s a significant financial issue: He has $44.466 million in bonus money that would hit the cap in 2021, if he’s traded or cut before June 1. Even if he stays, he has a cap number of $40.9 million next year, along with a salary of $23 million.

Thus, however it plays out, the Falcons have a major monetary problem on the horizon with Ryan, especially since the salary cap could end up being as low as $175 million next year.

35 responses to “Arthur Blank doesn’t commit to Matt Ryan moving forward

  1. Why lock yourself into any position? If the Falcons are picking first or second overall, they’re taking a QB. If they’re in the top 5, they might be taking a QB. So why say anything definitive now?

    Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are two of the greatest QBs of all-time. Both had their teams move on from them. If teams can move on from them, I don’t think Matt Ryan deserves any level of protection at this point.

  2. They’re currently on track to get one of the top college QB prospects. It probably wasn’t their plan at the start of the season, but they might as well continue on that path. Of course they’re not going to commit to Ryan beyond this season.

  3. Locking up Ryan at the time made sense. However, his play has declined and he has had an absolute moron as an OC for the past few years.
    If they have the ability to draft Lawrence or Fields, you absolutely make that pick.

  4. “I love Matt, much like I love Dan [Quinn], I love Thomas [Dimitroff],


    Pretty much the kiss of death!!

  5. The people who think Matt Ryan was is biggest problem, are the same people who thought Dak was the main issue with the Cowboys. These of people are why football players, coaches and experts laugh off fans opinions.

  6. Time to move on from Ryan. Sad but true. Ultimately, all these disappointments can be traced to Mr. Blank himself. So goes the owner, so goes the team.

  7. Think about how comfortable Matt Ryan is. Married the daughter of his boss, along with being the starter for 13 years.

  8. Blaming Matty Ice for their bad drafting. Horrible coaches and Offensive coordinators, and horrible defenses seems kinda to me what their REAL problem is (was). Its the same problem we have in Philly..The G.M. and owner allowing his G.M free passes. Mr Blank, like Eagles owner Mr Lurie needs to get involved to a degree. Not like Jerry Jones but at least be part of big decisions. Changing the G.M. is a good start. Keeping Matt Ryan is the next step.

  9. They’ll turn salary into bonus and avoid the $40M cap hit for at least another year. That’s the typical club MO when it comes to these big cap hits, much like our national debt…worry about tomorrow…tomorrow.

  10. Matt Ryan is still a quality player, but it’s past time to blow up the Falcons and start over. Trade any veteran that you can for draft picks and start from fresh. Ryan looks like a statue back there. Get someone with some legs underneath them that are mobile.

  11. You shouldn’t committ to any player over 35 unless they continue to deliver every year. It ain’t personal its just medical science

  12. They are stuck with him for at least two more years because of all the dead money they’d have to endure. They can forget about trading him too. Nobody wants that salary and a QB who chokes continually when the game is on the line. They should have never given him that contract. He has done nothing but mail it in since then. That is probably the worst contract in the league when you consider return on the investment.

  13. I’m guessing Trevor Lawrence would do cartwheels if he goes to Atlanta instead of the Jets.

  14. Draft a QB, get an O-line and at least one defensive stud. Build on that and move forward.

  15. Matty hasn’t had ice flowing through his veins for quite some time now. he’s finished in Atlanta. maybe he could play out a few more years with a fresh start somewhere else….

  16. Consistency is so difficult to maintain in the NFL, and once you’ve been to a Super Bowl – win or lose – it sets the bar of fan expectations very high. But, as we all know, even getting back to the playoffs is difficult.

    Ryan may not be the problem, but a new coach is gonna want his guy, whoever that is.

  17. The only winner in this Falcons era is Kyle Shanahan for twirling his baton in the Super Bowl,auditioning for a HC job,instead of finishing business.

  18. Ryan’s arm looks weak and he doesn’t have much mobility. I’d say he’s definitely a problem at this point, unless he has some minor injury we’re not aware of and he’s going to be able to play through it and get stronger as the season goes on. But it’s not like they have a better option at the moment.

  19. They’d trade him in a heartbeat if they could find a taker. Nothing even to do with Ryan’s skill but just an acknowledgement of how big a contract that is for a 35-year old QB when they’re facing a major rebuild.

  20. if the falcons move on from matty ice, its a terrible move on the falcons end. he has passed for over 4,000 yards the last 9 years and over 25 touchdowns. maybe the problem isnt with matt ryan

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