Saturday, February 23, 2013
Falcons not going to pull a Flacco
By AJ Mass
Matt Ryan has one year left on his contract to play for the Atlanta Falcons and the team made it very clear this week that, while they're not going to rush into anything, there's no way they are going to let things devolve into a situation similar to what's currently happening to the Baltimore Ravens.
Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff says the plan is to lock Ryan up to a multi-year deal sooner, rather than later, so as to avoid the possibility of needing to turn to franchise tags or having a contract battle play out in a similar way to Joe Flacco's negotiations with the Ravens.
"It’s a priority for us when the time is right. We’re not too anxious about it because we’re confident that it’s going to get done," Dimitroff told reporters on Friday. "Our feeling is that Matt’s going to be with us for many years to come and he’s going to be our franchise guy that we’re all very proud of, again, on and off the field. Matt’s what we’re looking for in a quarterback."
Of course, if somehow the season starts without a new deal in place, we're sure that both Ryan and the Falcons would be thrilled if their year ends the same way Flacco's did - without a new deal in place, but with a Vince Lombardi Trophy on the mantle.