Despite all the talks that have been swirling, it looks like Matt Ryan won’t be going anywhere this offseason.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen shut down those rumors when he ruled out the Atlanta Falcons quarterback as a successor to Ben Roethlisberger for the Pittsburgh Steelers. According to Mortensen, Falcons head coach Arthur Smith informed team owner Arthur Blank and general manager Terry Fontenot he wants Ryan back for the 2022 NFL season.
It would’ve been prety difficult to move Ryan anyway since the five-year, $150 million extension he signed in 2018 would make it financially difficult to do so. If the team decided to release him before June 1, Atlanta would be on the hook for $40.5 million in dead money for 2022 while saving only $8.1 million, per Spotrac.
After June 1st, it would save the team $23.8 million in 2022 but carry $24.9 million and $15.6 million over the next two years in dead money.
Any team looking to acquire Ryan would certainly look to restructure his contract.
Ryan has thrown for 3,752 yards, 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions with a 67.4 percent completion rate through 16 games. He will be 37 in May.