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Why the Falcons can’t move on from QB Matt Ryan in 2021: Breaking down Ryan’s contract

Falcons QB Matt Ryan’s future with the team is a topic of significant discussion after a poor showing against the Chargers. We take a closer look at Ryan’s contract to illustrate why the veteran isn’t going anywhere in 2021.

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The Falcons lost a close game in Week 14, and Matt Ryan’s poor performance against the Chargers ignited a ton of discussion about the veteran’s future in Atlanta. With the team potentially picking in the top-5 of the 2021 NFL Draft, and with a new coaching staff and GM on the way, all options could be on the table for the Falcons—including drafting a young QB at the top.

Whether the team does or doesn’t pursue a QB of the future probably depends on the new coaching staff and how the draft board falls in front of Atlanta, but it won’t impact Matt Ryan’s status with the team in 2021. That’s because, financially, the Falcons can’t move on from Matt Ryan in 2021. I take a closer look at why this is the case in our latest Falcoholic Live video breakdown.

In the video, I explain the basics of NFL contracts for the uninitiated. Then I take a closer look at Matt Ryan’s deal and explain why he’s nearly impossible to move on from in 2021. However, the team does have options with Ryan in 2022 and almost total freedom in 2023. In short: Ryan is likely to be Atlanta’s QB for at least 1 more season, but possibly 2-3 (or more, if they sign him to an extension).

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