Matt Ryan has proven for the last 12 seasons that he is among the all-time best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL.
According to the new contract that Chiefs Patrick Mahomes signed earlier this week, Matt Ryan has already outplayed his current deal. Mahomes singing a half-billion-dollar extension opened up the flood gates for a lot of players to cash in.
Matt Ryan should be able to as well. But he won’t, that is not who he is.
People around Atlanta and in the media like Bomani Jones love to bemoan Matt Ryan and love to downplay his accomplishments. The best phrase used to describe Matt is “stat stuffer” which completely ignores everything that he has accomplished.
Most passing yards in the first 10 years of a career, fastest player to throw for 40,000 yards, and one of two quarterbacks in league history to throw for 50,000 yards and 300 touchdowns in their first 12 seasons.
If Matt was simply a stat stuffer, there would be a decline in his production at some point. Stat stuffers have ebbs and flow to short careers, Matt is the exact opposite of that.
Matt Ryan is worth twice what his current contract pays him
NFL contracts are supposed to be based on two things – what you have done and what you will do. If that is the case, Matt Ryan should walk into Thomas Dimitroff’s office right now and demand $40 million a season for the next five years.
If young players like Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson, and Lamar Jackson are worth that based on a couple regular seasons, what is a 12-year quarterback with one of the highest-graded Super Bowl performances worth? You could make the case that Matt is worth twice what his current contract pays him.
Matt Ryan has made the Falcons better in every aspect. He has accounted for six of the franchise’s 14 playoff appearances and he has directed half of the franchise’s playoff wins. In just 12 seasons, Matt has posted nearly a third of all Falcons victories in franchise history (109/365) as well as seven of the Falcons 17 winning seasons. Half of his 80 career losses have been by a touchdown or less.
No, Matt Ryan cannot run well and he cannot throw an 80-yard hail-Mary every other play, but he does lead this franchise every Sunday and has given them a chance to win nearly every game he has played.
Quarterbacks are the highest-paid players in the NFL and the new market now dictates Matt Ryan is worth twice what he signed for just two years ago; though he isn’t selfish enough to demand it.