Arthur Blank confident Matt Ryan, Julio Jones will be Falcons in 2021

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The Falcons are coming off a 4-12 season, they have a new coach and G.M., and quarterback Matt Ryan turns 36 this offseason and is slated to have a $40.9 million salary cap hit. Given those facts, it’s understandable that some have asked whether the Falcons will move on from Ryan this year.

But Falcons owner Arthur Blank says that’s not happening. Asked by Andrew Siciliano on NFL Network whether Ryan will be back, Blank said he will — and then Blank added, unprompted, that wide receiver Julio Jones will be back as well.

“I’d be shocked, completely shocked if he is not. It really has nothing to do with his contract. Matt has played at a very high level for us since 2008 when we drafted him,” Blank said. “Matt can still play at a very high level so we expect him to be a Falcon next year, fully. Same question was raised regarding Julio Jones and we expect Julio to be a Falcon next year and play at a very high level as well. . . . They’ll both be with us.”

Blank said smart franchises have transition plans, noting that the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes and kept him on the bench for a year behind Alex Smith. So with the fourth overall pick, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Falcons draft Ryan’s heir apparent. But in 2021, Ryan and Jones will be in Atlanta.

20 responses to “Arthur Blank confident Matt Ryan, Julio Jones will be Falcons in 2021

  1. Time for Matt Ryan to come back to Boston. He’s just spinning his wheels in Atlanta.

  2. Matt Ryan can still play and going back to Dirk Koetter was an awful move they should have ran the kind of offense he had in 2016. But they need to establish the run better because he is one of the best QBs off play-action. But there’s plenty of weapons in Atlanta if Julio can stay healthy.

    And considering all the uncertainty in the division and considering that Brady and Brees could retire the Falcons have a good opportunity to go from worst to 1st. And look at how many late 4th quarter leads they lost just this past year they lost 7 games they could have won. If the new coaching staff can close the deal on close games this team will make the playoffs.

  3. I am confident that if the Falcons make the playoffs in 2021 they will exit with a loss and in that loss Matt Ryan to Julio Jones will account the same number of second half TDs as Arthur Blank to DB Cooper.

  4. There are a lot of things wrong with the Falcons, Matt R and Julio J are not any of them

  5. They should trade the 4th pick to acquire more picks and draft a QB in 2nd or 3rd round. Ryan is good enough to play another 2 seasons at a high level, so use the first few picks on pass rush and/or secondary and grab a QB like Kyle Trask (a Ryan clone) on day 2.

  6. NFCS 2021 predictions:

    Bucs and the Falcons will contend all season for the title…
    The Saints, minus Brees and the salary cap issue, battle the Panthers all season for the basement in that division!

  7. upon hearing this julio Jones pulled a hamstring and began plotying next year’s annual holdout…..

  8. You B. Crazy says:
    February 4, 2021 at 6:23 pm
    They should trade the 4th pick to acquire more picks and draft a QB in 2nd or 3rd round. Ryan is good enough to play another 2 seasons at a high level, so use the first few picks on pass rush and/or secondary and grab a QB like Kyle Trask (a Ryan clone) on day 2.
    ——————
    If Ryan isn’t going anywhere, I like you B. Crazy’s idea.
    trade down, hopefully improve a couple positions with the picks and try to draft a highly regarded QB from the 2nd or 3rd round.

  9. Does anyone other than me wonder how these guys like Arthur Blank ever made enough money to buy an NFL team? Their decision-making once they become owners is usually atrocious. Love that photo of him standing on the sideline with his wife at Super Bowl LI, watching his team implode.

  10. Blank was a great owner at one time but has completely lost his edge. Keeping Julio is a huge mistake. Some team will give up too much for him but he is on the downslide. Now is the time to cash in that chip.

  11. If you think Matt Ryan can still play at a high level, you’re either delusional or you did not see the 80% of the Falcons games last year where you could tell he’s at the end of the road.

  12. In other words: 49ers please, please, please give us something good for Matt Ryan.

  13. As a fan of the team and someone who watches, I know these two are the gel that holds this team together. Both are great leaders and play the game the right way. Dont always get the results you want but there is only one Super Bowl winner. Falcons troubles have been lack of depth due to drafting guys who have never developed, coupled with getting away from the scheme in which they had the most success. Situational awareness and execution has hindered the younger guys on the team.

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