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Matt Ryan Agrees To Blockbuster Extension With Falcons

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Matt Ryan is a rich man. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.
Matt Ryan is a rich man. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images.

Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a five-year contract extension that will keep him locked up with the team through 2018. Chris Mortensen of ESPN was the first to report the news.

The deal is worth up to $103.75 million, and $59 million of his contract is fully guaranteed. He’ll be making $20.75 million annually, making him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL.

Ryan had the best season of his career last year, racking up a career-high 4,719 passing yards and 32 touchdowns. He led the Falcons to a 13-3 record — tied with the Denver Broncos for best in the league — and to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers 24-28 despite throwing for 396 passing yards and three touchdowns.

With Tony Gonzalez back for a final year and Steven Jackson joining him in the backfield, Ryan is poised to lead the Falcons on another deep postseason run. Ryan has led the team to a winning record in each of his five seasons, and should have little trouble doing so again this year where they’re favored to be one of the top teams in the NFC.