Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff had their post-season press conference, where they always give us a better idea on their plans for the future. Their main focus, per the one with the hair? Extending Matt Ryan’s contract.
Thomas Dimitroff says the main focus this offseason will be on getting Matt Ryan’s next contract done. Taking care of QB1. #Falcons— Kelsey Conway (@FalconsKelsey) January 18, 2018
#Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff on contract talks with Matt Ryan: I don’t think it’s going to be that difficult of a negotiation.— Kelsey Conway (@FalconsKelsey) January 18, 2018
Ryan is entering the final season of a five-year, $103.75 million dollar deal. His cap hit is pretty reasonable for a quarterback at just under $22 million. For comparison, two starting quarterbacks signed long-term deals with their respective teams: Matt Stafford, averaging $27 million per year; and Derek Carr, averaging $25 million per year (lol).
Don’t expect much cap relief, if any, from a new Ryan deal. His yearly will definitely push up, unless if the Falcons want to push some serious cap space deep into the contract and risk one of those Saints-esque roster purge they have in New Orleans every few years.
Other news? Ryan may get another $100+ million, but he won’t have any input on the new quarterback coach.
Dan Quinn says Matt Ryan will NOT have any influence or impact on whom they will hire as QB coach.— Mike Conti (@MikeConti929) January 18, 2018
This may sound a little odd, but I have to assume Dan Quinn is looking for the best fit with the coaching staff. You probably don’t want to make your franchise quarterback angry by ignoring their recommendation. As always, we will wait until the hire is made to criticize whoever that person ends up being.