Falcons QB Matt Ryan eyeing Super Bowl after inking lucrative extension

Ruben Hill
May 9, 2018

Last week, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan agreed to a five-year, $150 million contract extension that vaults him straight to No. 1 on the league's payroll ladder.

The Falcons asked Matt Ryan to save their franchise.

"I'm excited about it", Ryan said. "The Falcons drafted him No. 3 overall a decade ago". "But Ryan's deal, which came with a year left on the 32-year-old's contract, offers proof that Cousins' deal was a ideal storm, of sorts, one that could be replicated only if a quarterback now under contract was willing to do what so few are - play on the franchise tag, twice, then hit free agency (since franchising a player three times is salary cap-prohibitive to National Football League teams)".

Ryan also represents the Falcons' greatest hope for a championship down the road, perhaps by default.

Ryan's tunnel vision for what lies ahead doesn't end with training camp.

Before the Ryan era, the Falcons had only eight playoff seasons in 42 years, and none in back-to-back years. "I'm happy with the timing of it".

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff described the extension as "our primary focus this offseason". "I always felt confident it was going to get done in a smooth way and in a timely manner and I feel like it did".

The contract extension brings continued stability for an offense that also returns wide receivers Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu and running backs Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.

"I guess I'm an honorary Alabama quarterback now", Ryan said. He's cognizant of the Falcons' advantage of starting the season with five home games in the first seven weeks. just like he's blissfully aware of Atlanta's season-opening rematch with Philadelphia in Week 1 (Sept. 6).

The soon the be 33-year-old has led Atlanta to six playoff berth's in his ten National Football League seasons, including two NFC championship game appearances and that infamous Super Bowl loss to the Patriots.

"Obviously, that's a game that everyone sees. It should be a fun experience, hard place to play, we know that", says Ryan, a Philadelphia-area native.

Every season may present unique hurdles, but that doesn't mean the upcoming summer months will be nerve-racking or treacherous in Flowery Branch.

"He's the exact definition of a franchise quarterback", Bradley writes.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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