Matt Ryan, Falcons Agree To Record-Setting New Contract

Falcons reportedly make Matt Ryan highest-paid player in NFL history

That lasted all of a few weeks before the Minnesota Vikings signed Kirk Cousins to the richest contract in league history. According to a report from ESPN's Chris Mortensen, the Falcons agreed to a five-year contract extension worth over $100 million guaranteed. In fact, with Ryan in tow, it's hard to cite any major money hurdle involving the veterans, outside of tailback Tevin Coleman's contract, which expires at the end of the 2018 campaign.

Jimmy Garappolo signed a five-year, $137.5 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers with $74.1 million guaranteed and an average annual value of $27.5 million.

Ryan will turn 33 on May 17.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons were hoping to get a new deal done this offseason, and they were able to do just that. The Falcons quarterback set the mark after completing 22 of 29 passes for 215 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-7 win over the Cowboys on November 12, 2017. Matt has proven to be a leader for this franchise on and off the field, and we are fortunate to have him as our quarterback.

Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Dan Marino, Eli Manning, John Elway, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Fran Tarkenton now rank among the top 11, all time, for both passing yards and passing touchdowns; and of this elite group, only Rivers doesn't qualify as a mortal lock for Canton.

Only nine clubs chose this weekend, including three that drafted quarterbacks in the first round: Cleveland (with Baker Mayfield, No. 1 overall), New York Jets (Sam Darnold, 3) and Baltimore (Lamar Jackson, 32).

Ryan's first fourth quarter-comeback came in a 22-20 win over the Bears in Week 6. Ryan set team single-season records in passing yards (4,944), passing touchdowns (38), completion percentage (69.9) and quarterback rating (117.1).

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

Ryan has thrown for 41,796 yards during his career with 260 yards and 126 interceptions while completing almost 65 per cent of his passes.

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