The Atlanta Falcons and franchise quarterback Matt Ryan reportedly reached an agreement Thursday on a five-year contract extension that includes $100 million guaranteed.
Chris Mortensen of ESPN first reported the deal, which will make the Falcons star the first QB to earn $30 million per season.
Everything finally came together for Ryan during the 2016 season. The 32-year-old Boston College product completed 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and just seven interceptions en route to an NFL-best 117.1 passer rating.
I’ve always thought Matt was a good quarterback, Quinn said. What I can tell you is there has been a shift, there has been a jump in his play: his intent, his ability to know where to go, his decision-making. He already knew how to play. But I totally recognize that he has gone to the next level.
More specifically, Ryan became adept at knowing when to take chances down the field to create big-play opportunities for Atlanta. Being able to take those deep shots without getting intercepted on a regular basis is a key reason the team led the league in scoring offense.
Look at last year, where No. 12 pick Deshaun Watson had the Houston Texans looking poised for a deep playoff run before going down with an injury. Patrick Mahomes, selected two spots before him by the Kansas City Chiefs, was fortunate enough to sit and soak it all in until the very end of the season.
Below, let’s sketch out what each team’s rookie class seems tasked with heading into their debut seasons.
The Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off one of the biggest shocks of the draft’s first round—now Terrell Edmunds will have to prove he was worth the gamble.
While Edmunds looks the part of a pro safety at 6’1 and 217 pounds, his Cheap Braves Jerseys film didn’t match with first-round flashes, hence why NFL.com assigned him a third-or-fourth-round Cheap Basketball Jerseys grade.
Either way, Edmunds is going to get his shot at playing time as a hybrid who can come in and make an impact in all phases. But he’ll have to do so under the harsh microscope of what looks like the biggest reach of the draft process.
Second-round wideout James Washington arrives as the third receiver behind Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, the task being for the 2017 Biletnikoff Award winner to create room for those around him and give Ben Roethlisberger a security blanket.