The Atlanta Falcons have signed Matt Ryan to a five year extension that will make him the first quarterback ever to make $30 million dollars per year according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Ryan will make $100 million in guaranteed money through the life of the five-year deal. He was entering into the last year of his previous five-year deal. With incentives, the contract is worth $150 million over five seasons.
Atlanta’s GM, Thomas Dimitroff, made it a priority to sign Ryan before the old contract was up. The 2016 season helped propel Ryan into earning this deal with his MVP award and leading the Falcons to the Super Bowl.
The Falcons selected Ryan with the third overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft. Since being drafted, Ryan has led the Falcons to six playoff appearances, including each of the past two seasons. Two seasons ago Ryan seemingly reached his full potential with the MVP award.
Along with the MVP, he has one All-Pro selection and four Pro Bowl selections. He also has a 96-63 regular season record.
Through his 10 seasons in the NFL he has 41,796 passing yards, 260 passing touchdowns and has completed 64.9% of his passes. He currently ranks 16th in NFL history for passing yards.