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 Post subject: Matt New Money Ryan
PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 6:18 pm 
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I wish he would have signed for slightly less to show that he knows that he hasnt accomplished as much as everybody else in the 20+ club. Thats just wishful thinking he has all the leverage and he did what was best for him and his family.

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The next domino has fallen in the ongoing game of quarterback jackpot.

Per a league source with knowledge of the situation, the Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan have completed a long-term deal that puts Ryan under contract for six years.

The five-year extension pays $20.75 million per year, giving Ryan the second highest annual new-money average, ahead of Joe Flacco’s $20.1 million and behind Aaron Rodgers’ $22 million.

Also, Ryan gets $59 million guaranteed, and $63 million over the first three years. (Flacco, whose contract likely was the benchmark for Ryan, got $52 million guaranteed and $62 million over the first three years.)

Factoring in Ryan’s 2013 base salary of $10 million, it’s a six-year, $113.75 million package.

That’s a lot of money, but if could have been even more if Ryan had made it through the 2013 season unscathed, forcing the Falcons to resolve at that point the Flacco trilemma of: (1) paying market value; (2) using the non-exclusive franchise tag and risk another team making an offer the Falcons can’t match; or (3) using the exclusive tag and embarking on a path of potentially paying Ryan nearly $80 million over three one-year franchise tenders.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:42 pm 
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I wonder if we'll see any moves made in the next couple of days to bring in another DE or offensive lineman.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:49 pm 
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Good for Matt, however, contracts such as these make me embarrassed to be a sports fan. Ugh... :oops:

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Wonder what kind of cap space this will open up.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2013 7:39 am 
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Comparing Matt Ryan's Contract to Other Mega Deals of 2013
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Gary Davenport
(Featured Columnist) on July 25, 2013


It's a quarterback's world, and the rest of us are just living in it.

Matt Ryan of the Atlanta Falcons became the latest NFL signal-caller to hit the jackpot on Thursday, as the numbers for the long-rumored contract extension for Matt Ryan came down.

That's a lot of cabbage, folks.

Ryan is the fifth starting quarterback to sign a new mega-deal since last season ended, a process that began last year with Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens and extended to Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys and Matt Stafford of the Detroit Lions.

We won't even discuss Tom Brady's contract extension here. The five-year, $57 million extension that the Golden Boy signed back in February contains a nice chunk of guaranteed money (the real reason for the "discounted" deal), but comparatively speaking, it's no "mega-deal".

At least not compared to the deals signed by the "Fortunate Five".

Ryan's deal comes in lower in total size than Romo's, Rogers' and Flacco's. Given that two of those players have Super Bowl wins and Rogers' deal is a year longer, that's hardly a suprise.

However, Ryan's signing bonus was higher than everyone's but Rogers', and the reported $59 million in guarantees tops the list, so "Matty Ice" didn't do too badly for himself.

As a matter of fact, the biggest surprises on that list have very little to do with Ryan. Stafford's annual salary of $15.3 million looks like a relative steal, and critics of Joe Flacco's deal should look twice at that $29 million in total guarantees before crowing about how Flacco is "overpaid."

It's not hard to see why the Falcons wanted to wrap Ryan up. The 28-year-old has topped 4,000 yards each of the past two seasons. Last year he guided the Falcons to the NFC's top seed while posting a career-high 32 touchdown passes, a passer rating of nearly 100, and leading the NFL in completion percentage.

It wasn't the first year that Ryan has had regular season success in Atlanta. In fact, he has the best career winning percentage of any of the players who recently inked huge deals.

Last year, however, Ryan also finally got over hump, winning a playoff game for the first time while nearly taking the Falcons to the Super Bowl.

Granted, critics of the deal will point to Ryan's postseason record and say that he's overpaid. Just as they do with Romo. Or, they reverse it and say that Flacco is overpaid because his regular season numbers aren't elite.

Whatever. At the end of the day Matt Ryan is a franchise quarterback who is entering his prime. When it's time to sign those, you don't ask if a team should pay them. You just wonder how much it will be.

For the Falcons, it's quite a bit, but an amount commensurate with the other "elite" quarterbacks in the NFL. It's the price of doing business in the NFL, and a Falcons team with Super Bowl aspirations should be glad to have had the opportunity to pay it.

After all, it's a quarterback-driven league, and the Falcons just locked up one of the best in Matt Ryan.

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 Post subject: Re: Matt New Money Ryan
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Good for Matt and it looks like the Falcons gave themselves some cap flexibility.

I still think they overpaid, as I consider Matt somewhere in the five to ten best QBs in the league not the top three.

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Matt Ryan signed a five-year, $103.75 million contract extension (including $59 million in guarantees) with the Atlanta Falcons when the team opened training camp on July 25. Ryan’s extension averages $20.75 million per year, which makes him the NFL’s second highest paid player (by average yearly salary) behind only Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers ($22 million).

The deal contains $59 million in guarantees. $42 million is fully guaranteed, which consists of a $28 million signing bonus, $12 million option bonus due on the fifth day of the 2014 league year (March 15) with an equivalent non-exercise fee and $2 million 2013 base salary. Ryan’s $9.5 million 2014 base salary and $7.5 million of his $11.5 million 2015 base salary are guaranteed for injury only. The $17 million of injury guarantees become fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2014 waiver period (February 5). The base salary guarantees don’t have offsets. Ryan has unguaranteed $15.75 million, $15.75 million and $19.25 million base salaries in his 2016, 2017 and 2018 contract years.

The Falcons occasionally use the combination of signing bonus, option bonus and base salary guarantees that Ryan’s contract exhibits in other deals. Roddy White’s contract includes a $6 million signing bonus, $5.3 million option bonus and $12.6 million in base salary guarantees. Sam Baker’s deal has a $10 million signing bonus, $4 million option bonus and $4.25 million in base salary guarantees. Since an option bonus is given the same treatment on the salary cap as a signing bonus—where it is prorated or evenly spread out over the life of a contract for a maximum of five years—Ryan’s $12 million option bonus counts $2.4 million on Atlanta’s cap during the 2014 through 2018 contract years.

Ryan’s $59 million is the second largest amount of guaranteed money ever received in an NFL contract. He trails only Drew Brees, whose contract contains $60.5 million in guarantees. $10 million of Ryan’s guarantee is his own money since he was scheduled to make $10 million as a base salary in 2013 before signing the new deal.

Ryan is getting $63 million in the first three years of his contract, which is the best three year cash flow in the NFL and narrowly eclipses Rodgers’ $62.5 million. The 2008 Offensive Rookie of the Year has only been topped by the $70.2 million Peyton Manning had in the first three years of the contract he signed with the Indianapolis Colts in 2011. Ryan, unlike Manning, is assured of playing these years in his new deal because of the extreme cap charges associated with releasing him early in the contract.

Ryan’s cap numbers don’t become too excessive, particularly for a contract of its size. His 2013 cap number goes from $12 million to $9.6 million, a $2.4 million decrease, in the new contract. The additional $2.4 million in cap space gives the Falcons $7.68 million of cap room. Ryan’s 2014 and 2015 cap numbers at $17.5 million and $19.5 million should be manageable. His cap number peaks in 2016 and 2017 at $23.75 million and drops to $21.65 million in the final year of the deal because the $5.6 million of proration from his signing bonus stops after the 2017 contract year. The Falcons have built some cap flexibility into Ryan’s contract because they can create cap room at any time during the deal with their discretionary right to convert a portion of his base salary into signing bonus.

Matt RyanAt the current moment, only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers is making more money than Matt Ryan.

The Falcons have received some criticism for Ryan’s deal because of his lack of playoff success. Ryan has a 1-4 record in postseason contests with one NFC Championship Game appearance, which came last season. Although the other three members of the $20 million per year club (Brees, Rodgers and Joe Flacco) have Super Bowl rings, winning the Super Bowl isn’t a prerequisite for becoming one of the NFL’s highest paid players. In 2004, Peyton Manning signed a seven-year deal averaging $14 million (with a $34.5 million signing bonus) that made him the NFL’s highest paid player. At the time, Manning was 2-4 in playoff games and had taken the Indianapolis Colts to one AFC Championship Game. Carson Palmer moved to the top of the NFL’s salary list towards the end of the 2005 regular season by signing a six-year contract extension with the Cincinnati Bengals averaging $16,166,167 per year. He was on the verge of making his playoff debut when he signed the extension.

Atlanta owner Arthur Blank hasn’t been averse to paying quarterbacks towards the top of the market. Michael Vick signed a nine-year, $120.6 million (with a then record $37 million in guarantees) contract extension near the end of the 2004 regular season. Vick only had one career playoff victory, just like Ryan, at his contract’s signing. Unlike Ryan, Vick hadn’t led the Falcons to the NFC Championship Game.

Ryan’s deal is reasonable especially considering Atlanta’s alternatives if Ryan had played out his contract. It would have been a huge risk for the Falcons to place a non-exclusive franchise tag on their star signal-caller. A team potentially in dire need of a quarterback and expected to have an abundance of salary cap room in 2014, such as the Jacksonville Jaguars or Oakland Raiders, probably would have been willing to give up two first round picks by signing him to an offer sheet that the Falcons could have had a difficult time matching. At the very least, Ryan could have used such teams as leverage in negotiations with the Falcons.

Ryan would have likely received an exclusive franchise tag next year in order to prevent him from negotiating with other teams. The exclusive franchise tag is preliminarily projected to be $19.266 million in 2014. It will be based on the average of the top five quarterback salaries (i.e.; salary cap numbers) in 2014 once the restricted free agent signing period has ended on May 2. The figure could be a little lower if quarterbacks (Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Tony Romo, etc.) with the highest 2014 cap numbers restructure their 2014 contracts to create cap room for their clubs before the end of the franchise player designation period (March 3).

Based on the projected number, a second franchise tag for Ryan in 2015 would have been $23,119,200, a 20% increase over his 2014 franchise number. The average of franchising Ryan twice could have been used as justification for a long term deal averaging slightly more than $21 million per year. Ryan would have easily become the NFL’s highest paid player and broken Drew Brees’ record for contract guarantees with a Super Bowl victory.


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