Matt Ryan #2 QB, Atlanta Falcons
On July 9th, Matthew Stafford signed a 5 year $76.5 million contract with the Detroit Lions. That signing along with the rumors leading up to the signing put Matt Ryan back on the mind. After watching the Baltimore Ravens gamble and lose with Joe Flacco, the question on most fans minds is how soon Matt Ryan’s contract will be extended by the Falcons. Ryan is in the final year of his rookie contract (6 year $67.5 million) and is in position to really break the bank on his next contract.
We must remember where the Falcon franchise was in 2008 when they drafted Ryan 3rd overall. The Mike Vick disaster had the club searching for a new face that it could be proud. Matt Ryan was the man that not only pulled the Falcons out of the depths of public outcry, but it can be argued that the Falcons are now completely distanced from the incident because of Ryan. How can something as unprecedented as this be valued? It really is up to the Falcon brass to weigh in, but my assumption is that the Falcons will not go into the season without extending Ryan.
Oddly enough, it is the contract that Vick signed with the Eagles in 2011 that most closely resembles Ryan’s present value. Add that skill valuation with the goodwill he has created in Atlanta, and it is a recipe for a Top 5 QB contract.
Estimated New Contract: 5 years, $86 million