Matt Ryan’s five-year, $103.75 million extension with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday now makes him the NFL’s second-highest paid player. It’s a huge deal both monetarily and in its unspoken expectation: Ryan needs to lead the team to a Super Bowl. With the Falcons always seemingly coming up short in critical moments, you have to ask, is he worth it?
Well, maybe. Consider the top ten quarterbacks in the league, and he may be one of them. While those in that list include Super Bowl winning quarterbacks like Peyton Manning, Aaron Rogers, Joe Flacco and Drew Brees, Ryan has come close. Their loss in the NFC Championship was indeed a surprising one. He almost made it to the Super Bowl, but as they say, almost doesn’t count.
Matt Ryan’s deal is better than Joe Flacco’s deal with the Ravens. According to USA Today Sports:
His new deal — with a $63 million three-year payout that is the most in league history — contains an average salary of $20.75 million that ranks second to the $22 million average garnered by Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers in April. It leapfrogs the $20.1 million average that Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.
I applaud Matt Ryan for negotiating an amazing deal, but with that kind of money, he is expected to deliver. Not just in complete passes, but in leadership and an overall increase in the Falcon’s game. He has excited the fan base and increased ticket sales. Now they want a Super Bowl.
Now he’s got 103 million reason to succeed.
What do you think?
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