Falcons face tough decision

Matt Ryan’s time with the Atlanta Falcons will be decided at 4:00 p.m. ET on Monday afternoon.

Monday could be Matt Ryan’s last day as a member of Atlanta Falcons organ.

Ryan has been in the Atlanta franchise since being drafted #3 overall in 2008 at Boston College. In more than a decade of running in Atlanta, Ryan has made several Pro Bowls, winning NFL MVP and lead Dirty Birds to their most recent Super Bowl appearance. Of course, he is clearly in the later nineties of his illustrious career. He has also been dragged through the mud during the last week.

Since the Falcons dipped their toes in Deshaun Watson’s sweepstakes and got a little, they could be looking to trade the greatest player in franchise history on Monday. However, it will have to be before 4 p.m. ET as he will receive $7.5 million in roster bonuses. This payment was delayed by a few days to help in Atlanta’s failed attempt to bring Deshaun Watson home to the Flowery Branch.

Ryan has a contract for the next two seasons with about $54 million left on his contract. From the looks of it, he’ll either be co-extended by Atlanta to either retire his Falcon career or arrange an out-of-town deal for another NFL franchise. Those teams include the likes of the Indianapolis Colts, the Seattle Seahawks or potentially his hometown Philadelphia Eagles.

Does Matt Ryan get a deal?

Although Ryan has established himself as an expert during the failed Watson trade, it would be understandable if he wanted to get out of town after this. Although the fence can be repaired, remember that this Falcons mode is not the one who drafted him. Yes, Arthur Blank and Rich McKay were in the building in 2008, but neither can Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith.

Even as the Watson commercial failure left a black mark on the organization, Atlanta has made other wise, sane moves to improve as a football team. The players they’ve added to the free management company, without expansion striker Younghoe Koo, have entered team-friendly deals, proving it. Even a second contract with Cordarrelle Patterson is not a fool’s errand. Fontenot is reshaping the list.

Ultimately, Atlanta won’t trade Ryan unless the Falcons get a big payout for him and he wants to go to that destination. One would think the Colts would be the preferred destination, as he would be the best midfielder in the league and could be in the running for the title. Of course, Atlanta will have to find another starting midfielder.

Come 4:00 p.m. ET Monday, the NFL world will see where the next domino falls. Falcons face tough decision

John Verrall

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