Rarely do franchise players get to go out on their own terms on a high and that certainly applies to the Atlanta Falcons and Matt Ryan. A season after being traded away from Atlanta and Ryan’s stock is at an all-time low. Twice Ryan was benched by the Colts and set a career-high in fumbles and throwing 13 interceptions.
Matt was benched twice despite being the only Indy quarterback to win a game this past season due to the high number of turnovers he created. Add in finishing top ten in sacks taken and it was a rough season for Ryan.
Cutting the veteran quarterback will more than double the Colts’ current cap space making it one of the most obvious moves of the off-season.
Returning to Atlanta is clearly not an option for the veteran, Atlanta needs a reliable backup but not one that has Ryan’s history with the franchise. Desmond Ridder needs every chance to succeed and bringing Ryan is working against the second-year quarterback. Add in Ryan’s struggles two years ago in Arthur Smith’s system and it seems clear Ryan will be looking for his third team in as many seasons leaving four clear landing spots for the veteran if he continues to play.