Walker: The Franchise “Boy”
On Thursday, Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons came to an agreement on a new contract. The Falcons signal caller signed a 5-year, $103 million dollar deal, with $59 million guaranteed, and will make $63 million in his 1st three years. Ryan is indeed…PAID, and his contract negotiations will not be a distraction for training camp. Ryan’s numbers have always been impressive for the Atlanta Falcons. He is currently 2nd in games played at quarterback for the franchise, along with being 2nd in pass attempts, completions, passing yards, and touchdowns. “Matty Ice” is 1st in the single season categories of passing attempts, completions, completion percentage, yards, and passing touchdowns. Ryan is indeed “leaning and rocking with it!”
Despite the numerous records and accomplishments for Ryan, some fans are mixed about the contract and whether or not he is deserving of that amount of money especially considering his one playoff win. As I understand the concern and the high expectations which is in reality refreshing, consider the circumstances in which Matt Ryan fell into in 2008. Consider how he has gotten better in each of his seasons following the 2009 season. Finally, consider not only what Ryan has done but what he will do. We are not in the “Ms. Cleo, predicting business” but as evidenced by Ryan’s past, we have no reason to believe that he will slow down now, especially considering that he is in the 2nd year of this offense. If the Atlanta Falcons fail to accomplish team goals it is likely that it will not be due to the play of Matt Ryan.
Jamie Walker is a Producer and the Atlanta Falcons Blogger for Sports Radio 92.9 The Game. He can be followed on Twitter @coachjdub21 or reached through email at Jamie.Walker@cbsradio.com.