Colts react to the trade for Matt Ryan

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The Colts long had continuity at the quarterback position. Peyton Manning started 227 consecutive games, including the postseason, from 1998-2010, and Andrew Luck had 57 consecutive starts from 2012-15.

Since Luck’s unexpected retirement before the 2019 season, the Colts have had constant turnover at the position.

For the sixth consecutive season, and the seventh in eight years, the Colts will have a different opening day starter.

Matt Ryan will follow Scott Tolzien, Luck, Jacoby Brissett, Philip Rivers and Carson Wentz. The Colts announced the trade for Ryan, which cost them a third-round choice.

“We’re thrilled we had a chance to acquire a proven veteran in Matt Ryan who brings tremendous experience to our team,” Colts General Manager Chris Ballard said. “Matt’s leadership and skillset will complement our roster’s growth and success. He’s long been a great ambassador for the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons, and we’re excited he can continue his accomplished career in Indianapolis.”

The Colts were left without a starting quarterback for 12 days after trading Wentz to the Commanders. Ryan, who turns 37 in May, fills that role for at least this season.

“I’ve long admired Matt for his steady, methodical approach to the game,” Colts coach Frank Reich said. “He is one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league and has spearheaded numerous fourth quarter game-winning drives. Matt will be a fantastic representative for our organization, and I’m excited to get to work with him and the rest of the team this offseason.”

10 responses to “Colts react to the trade for Matt Ryan

  1. I don’t hate Baker but I’m glad he didn’t get to dictate what team he went to. He hadn’t done enough to earn that right.

  2. Better than Wentz. I’m not sure Ryan can put a team on his back these days. The Colts have a good enough team that they could contend for the division.

  3. Colts got two 3rds for Wentz and only spent one 3rd for Ryan.

    So in the end, they got a better QB + an extra 3rd round pick. They got hosed last year when they got Wentz but this year seems like things played out in their favor. Well done…

  4. Good for Matt Ryan. He’s on a team that can actually contend- as difficult as the AFC will be this year, I’m hoping the best for him and I hope he turns a lot of heads this year.

  5. Trevor Lawrence, Davis Mills, and Ryan Tannehill. Matt Ryan may be long in the tooth but I’d take him out of that bunch.

  6. Colts will be in same spot they were last year, out of the playoffs. AFC is just too deep now for Matt Ryan to make any difference.

  7. Colts fleeced the Falcons but in all honesty, both parties got exactly what they wanted out of the deal.

    Colts do not need a man to throw for 5000 yards and 35 TD’s. If he gives them 25 TD’s and is good at handing the ball off, they could easily win 13 games in the regular season.

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