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Ryan Schraeder gets five year contract extension from Falcons

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The team has taken a big step to lock down their quality right tackle.

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Ryan Schraeder is one of those fun success stories we all root for, as he went from being an undrafted free agent to a quality starting tackle in pretty short order. Now he’s being rewarded for that with a long-term accord from the Falcons.

Schraeder is basically being paid like a top ten right tackle, because he has been one for long stretches of his short career. Lane Johnson from the Eagles is pulling down an annual average of $11.25 million, but the next closest is the Packers’ Bryan Bulaga, who is earning an average of $6.75 million annually. Schraeder is averaging a little over $6 million in average annual pay, though the guarantees basically make this a three year contract if things go sour. The Falcons are going to have to start paying a lot of players in short order, so you’ll want to take a close look at how this contract is structured, once we know.

My take on the extension is that it’s a smart one, even with the dollars. Schraeder has not had his best year in 2016, but he’s been a solidly above average right tackle for a little while now, has faced a murderer’s row of pass rushers this year, and is still fairly young. The Falcons will be counting on him to lock down that side of the line for a long while, and he’s good enough to do so. Certainly we’ve become familiar with the power of a good offensive line over the course of this season, and if the Falcons let Schraeder get to the open market, he probably would’ve been gone with a fat deal.

Going forward, the line figures to be Jake Matthews, Alex Mack, and Schraeder, with Wes Schweitzer, Andy Levitre, and a potential 2017 draft pick in the mix at guard. As long as the Falcons manage to keep their bookend tackles and dominant center around for a few years, they should be in excellent shape going forward.

Congratulations to Ryan Schraeder! We’ll update you as soon as we have the terms.