Atlanta Falcons spend less on the quarterback position than many NFL teams.
A lot was said when the Atlanta Falcons made Matt Ryan the highest-paid quarterback just two years ago. Fans and local media alike were beside themselves that the Falcons would give such a contract to a quarterback of Ryan’s ilk.
The 5-year $150 million with $100 million in guarantees was the largest at the time. While many won’t admit it, Matt Ryan is worth twice that in today’s quarterback market thanks to the half-a-billion dollar contract that Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs recently agreed to.
Dak Prescott, Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, Ryan Tannehill, Kirk Cousins, and many others will make more in 2020 than Matt Ryan himself. It’s crazy to think that just two years ago Matt had set the quarterback market and now he is no longer in the top 10 highest paid at his position.
When you look at the quarterbacks across the league, the Atlanta Falcons have quite the bargain when compared to other NFL teams.
In 2020, the Atlanta Falcons will spend roughly $21 million on their quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Matt Schaub. While that may seem like a lot, there are 13 teams across the league that will spend more on their top two quarterbacks in 2020.
Atlanta Falcons Matt Schaub is a bargain as a backup QB
Matter of fact, there are 11 starting quarterbacks in the league that will earn more individually than the Atlanta Falcons two quarterbacks collectively. Roughly 12 percent of the Falcons 2020 cap space will pay their quarterbacks this upcoming season.
While Matt Schaub is not universally liked among the Atlanta Falcons fan base and many would like to see him replaced, the Falcons like where they are from that standpoint and they like having a backup quarterback with 154 career games and more than 25,000 passing yards.
Only Cowboys backup QB Andy Dalton and Jets backup QB Joe Flacco have more yards and touchdowns than Matt Schaub entering the 2020 season. Quarterback play in the NFL is very uncertain and the Falcons are in a better position than most with their top two quarterbacks.