Thursday, 24 May, 2018

Matt Ryan Becomes First QB To Sign $100M Guaranteed Deal

Falcons reportedly make Matt Ryan highest-paid player in NFL history Matt Ryan, Falcons Agree To Record-Setting New Contract
Elias Hubbard | 04 May, 2018, 12:05

The Falcons have agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Ryan on a five-year, $150 million contract extension with $100 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported, via a source informed of the situation.

The NFL has its first $30 million quarterback. It reportedly includes $100 million in guaranteed money. That surpasses the total compensation of the $84 million, three-year guaranteed deal that quarterback Kirk Cousins received from the Minnesota Vikings. The new deal will keep the 32-year-old - who turns 33 on May 17 - in Atlanta through the 2023 season. Ryan has been the Falcons quarterback for the past decade, missing only two starts because of injury.

The two sides have been negotiating throughout the offseason.

Bottom line: If Ryan can approach 60,000 yards passing and 350 touchdowns before calling it quits, he should have zero difficulty in getting the requisite votes for Canton. "As far as timeframe or anything like that I think it will shake out and handle itself", Ryan said. It's the new largest contract in National Football League history, which really just means he is the latest franchise quarterback to sign an extension.

Ryan was the league MVP in 2016, guiding Atlanta to only the second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. During the Falcons' Super Bowl season of 2016, Ryan set career highs in passing yards (4,944), touchdown passes (38) and completion percentage (69.9) on his way to being named the NFL MVP.

On Thursday, Matt Ryan just inked a deal that well exceeds Stafford's.

Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, who is expected to sign an extension before the regular season begins in September, should make more than Ryan and could potentially make close to $40 million per year.

There's no word at the moment as to whether he's asking the city to kick on Ryan's deal. Rodgers averaged 6% more last time. Their contracts will also represent that as well as the point in time that they signed their deals.

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