Breaking: Falcons trade Matt Ryan for next to nothing

Monday, March 21, 2022
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A trade for quarterback Matt Ryan may seem like a terrible move‚ but the Atlanta Falcons could have done worse. Not only did Matt Ryan win the NFL MVP in 2016‚ but he also led the Falcons to a Super Bowl victory and helped turn around the franchise's reputation following the Michael Vick era. Now‚ Atlanta has parted ways with their former first-round pick and is expected to draft a quarterback with the first overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. The Atlanta Falcons need to move quarterback Matt Ryan before 4 p.m. Monday to avoid paying the $7.5 million roster bonus due to Ryan. Reports indicate that the Indianapolis Colts and Seattle Seahawks are two of the teams interested in acquiring Ryan. The decision is expected to be final by Thursday afternoon. Indy had until Monday at 4:30 p.m. to decide whether to part with the veteran quarterback. The Falcons were reportedly chasing Deshaun Watson last week‚ but he ultimately chose Cleveland and a five-year deal with a $100 million cap hit. The Falcons now have no choice but to trade Matt Ryan. The NFL's newest QB was reportedly under contract with Atlanta until October. The team still owes him $7.5 million in roster bonuses‚ but the money was made up by renegotiating his contract. The Atlanta Falcons have made a decision on whether to trade quarterback Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts. The move reflects a team's need to upgrade its leadership position after a season that included a 28-3 lead. Despite the loss of the Super Bowl‚ Atlanta had a tough time competing in the postseason despite Ryan's performance. The deal reportedly involves a third-round pick. Several media outlets reported that the Atlanta Falcons traded Matt Ryan to the Indianapolis Colts for next to nothing. The deal was done for a number of reasons‚ but one of the biggest factors was that the Atlanta Falcons owed him a $7.5 million roster bonus. As a result‚ they received far more for the veteran quarterback than they were initially willing to pay. In addition‚ the Indianapolis Colts owe a huge roster bonus than the Atlanta Falcons did. The Atlanta Falcons were in hot pursuit of Deshaun Watson until last week‚ but the contract was restructured after the two sides agreed to a record-setting deal. After the deal was completed‚ the Falcons will now replace Matt Ryan with quarterback Marcus Mariota. The Atlanta Colts have a similar quarterback-coaching staff. The Colts have a history of making decisions based on the situation in Atlanta. The Colts also paid the roster bonus‚ but Ryan's salary remains an issue. The Atlanta Falcons still owe a $7.5 million roster bonus to the quarterback. A five-year‚ $230 million fully guaranteed deal for Matteson‚ Watson‚ and Jones are also in line to make a deal for him. If the deal is finalized‚ it will mean a massive pay cut for the former Atlanta quarterback. Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan remained on the roster until today‚ when he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a third-round pick. When the Houston Texans waived Ryan's no-trade clause‚ the Atlanta Falcons were eliminated from the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes. After all‚ the Texans had more leverage than the Falcons did and opted to keep him. The trade also provides the Atlanta Falcons with a third-round pick. This is the same pick the Colts traded for Ryan. Obviously‚ this is an extremely generous trade. However‚ it's important to note that the Colts were unable to offer a higher pick than the third-round pick they were receiving. Therefore‚ the Atlanta Falcons were unable to offer the Colts a first-round pick. Despite the fact that the Atlanta Falcons aren't expected to compete in the NFC South next season‚ they have the luxury of getting their own quarterback in return. The Colts never received a first-round pick after they traded Carson Wentz to the Colts. Fortunately‚ the Atlanta Falcons have a third-round pick in their own drafts. But they didn't get a first-round pick in return. Thankfully‚ they're still getting a high-quality third-round pick in exchange for Matt Ryan.