Back in March, the Indianapolis Colts agreed to a trade with the Atlanta Falcons that will send veteran quarterback Matt Ryan to Indianapolis. After sending 2021 starter Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders for two third-round picks, the Colts finally made their move to bring in a new starting quarterback.
However, that doesn’t mean their quarterback issues are suddenly fixed, according to one NFL executive.
“I think age has caught Matt Ryan,” the exec said. “I had him with a big decline last year. Matt has had a phenomenal career, a great quarterback, but it wasn’t like he was super big athletic or, had a super strong arm. I see the skills declining a little bit quicker for him as a result. I think they could be looking at another quarterback in a year, and if they don’t win, look out for (Jim) Irsay.”
The No. 3 overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft, Ryan had been with the Falcons since he entered the league out of Boston College. He was the NFL MVP for the 2016 season after leading the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
Ryan earned an All-Pro First Team nod during that 2016 campaign while adding four Pro Bowl selections during his career.
The 36-year-old threw for 3,968 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions after appearing in every game in 2021.