Matt Ryan is coming off of one of the best seasons of his career as he led the team to the Super Bowl while recording career highs in completion percentage (69.9%), passing yards (4,944), touchdowns (38) and yards-per-attempt (9.3). At the same time, he threw the fewest interceptions of any season in his career with just seven. The Super Bowl loss stings of course, but the Falcons QB, entering his age 32 season seems to just be getting better.
Entering the year, Ryan has just two more years left on the five-year extension that he signed back in 2013, and he’s set to make $20.75 million this year and $19.25 million next year. That $20 million number for this year ranks Ryan just 13th among NFL quarterbacks thanks to a couple of large deals that have been signed by other QBs in the past few seasons. In light of Derek Carr and Andrew Luck’s record contracts signed this off-season, Ryan was asked about his contract situation by ESPN Falcons writer Vaughn McClure. Ryan seemed pretty unconcerned, while at the same time praising his fellow QBs for the deals they’ve signed.
“That’s just kind of the nature of the business,” the Atlanta Falcons star told ESPN on Tuesday, referring to quarterback contracts. “Those guys have all played really well. Derek signed a new contract this offseason, and he’s played great. Matthew Stafford’s is coming up, and he deserves it. He’s played really, really well and competed so hard throughout his career.
That’s just the business side of it. I’m never worried too much about that. I’ve always tried to let the business people handle the business and for me, just try and take care of what I can control, and that’s playing good and preparing the right way.”
According to the article, Ryan told NFL Live that contract negotiations haven’t started yet between the two sides. But, he’s appreciative for the support that Falcons owner Arthur Blank has shown him during his career.