Atlanta Falcons: Matt Bryant wants to return; Aims For 2-3 More Seasons

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Kicker Matt Bryant
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Kicker Matt Bryant /

Atlanta Falcons Kicker Matt Bryant aims to play for 2-3 more years after discussing his future with his wife following their playoff loss to Philly

Matt Bryant is without a doubt one of the most clutch kickers in NFL History. At the age of 42, Bryant continues to make 50-yard attempts seem like a mere PAT.

Shortly after the Falcons’ divisional round playoff loss to the Eagles in Philadelpia, Falcons fans wondered if he would come back for a 17th season. According to Falcons Digital Managing Editor Matt Tabeek, Bryant says that he’d like to play two-three more seasons with all of them being in Atlanta.

This came 24 hours after Matt’s wife Melissa said that the two would discuss his future after grieving the tough loss.

Bryant came through in big moments for the Falcons leading up to their showdown with the Eagles. In Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers, he drilled five field goals to seal a 22-10 victory that clinched a playoff berth. A 56-yarder was also connected with ease.

In the Falcons’ wild card game vs the Rams, four field goals were knocked down which included a 54-yarder to earn a 26-13 win over a Los Angeles team that lead the NFL in scoring in 2017.

Over the course of his 16 year career, Bryant has earned the right to be nicknamed “Money.” He’s a combined 368-of-429 on field goal attempts with his career-long being 61 yards. Bryant is also the Falcons’ all-time leading scorer.

“Money Matt” arrived in Atlanta when the Falcons signed him in Devember 2009 after previously signing a United Football League contract before that NFL season started.

Bryant is aiming for two-three more years in the NFL but looking at health factors and the phenomenal contributions he’s made for the Falcons at his age, five more years could be very likely. The city of Atlanta should appreciate him while they can because they haven’t seen a kicker in the NFL of his caliber since Adam Vinatieri.