It’s going to happen.
At this point it’s not a matter of “if”, but “when” Matt Ryan will get his contract extension this offseason. It’s also a guarantee that when he does get his extension, he’ll probably be the highest paid quarterback in the NFL.
That’s right, a quarterback that’s 32 and not getting any older with 0 Super Bowl rings is about to be the highest paid player in the league. To me, it’s not a problem.
Drew Brees just signed a 2 yr, $50 million contract extension. He’s 39. I know, Drew Brees has an amazing resume. But you’d be surprised to see what the other quarterbacks paid higher than Brees have accomplished in their career.
Derek Carr is owed $25 million in 2018. He’s had some decent regular seasons but has yet to win a playoff game, Matt Stafford is owed $27 million. Another quarterback with decent regular season stats, but no playoff wins. But wait, it gets better!
Jimmy Garoppolo is getting paid $27 million a year. He’s only played 6 games for the San Francisco 49ers, not even an entire season. And to add on to that, he has no playoff wins. To top it off, the highest paid player in the NFL currently is Kirk Cousins. Cousins has been trying to get paid for 2 years now, and he finally got what he wanted this offseason with the Vikings. All he has to show for is his regular season stats because he doesn’t have any playoff wins as well.
As you can see, Matt Ryan doesn’t have a lot in common with those players. Ryan is 4-6 in the playoffs. His 6 losses have all come against teams that went on to win the Super Bowl.
Matt Ryan has also had some decent regular season stats, but do those other quarterbacks have an MVP award? Have they thrown touchdowns to 11 different receivers in a season? Do they have a top 3 passing rating in the Super Bowl? And it’s not like Matt Ryan is “old”, he’ll just be 33 when the season starts.
As you can see, Matt Ryan has a lot on his resume to guarantee him one of the biggest contracts in the NFL. The Falcons have a serious amount of talent on their team now, and Ryan has the ability to lead them to another Super Bowl appearance. If the organization realizes their Super Bowl window, they’ll give Matt the contract he deserves now to compete for the years to come.
So everybody waiting for Matt Ryan to get traded, or the Falcons to invest in a quarterback early in the draft, slow your roll. They have to pay this man.