Sometime between now and the start of the regular season -- maybe even before training camp starts later this week -- I fully expect the Atlanta Falcons and quarterback Matt Ryan to agree to a long-term contract extension.
The Falcons want it to happen and Ryan wants it to happen. About the only question remaining is how much Ryan is worth.
The money may be astronomical, but I think this snapshot of the top-10 average quarterback salaries makes it pretty clear what Ryan’s new deal will look like:
Aaron Rodgers, $22 million
Joe Flacco, $20.1 million
Drew Brees, $20 million
Peyton Manning, $19.2 million
Tony Romo, $18 million
Matthew Stafford, $17.6 million
Eli Manning, $16.25 million
Matt Schaub, $15.5 million
Philip Rivers $15.3 million
Ryan, who has averaged $11.25 million per year on his rookie deal, is going to end up in the top five. There’s even a chance he could jump all the way to No. 1.
The top four guys all have Super Bowl rings. Ryan obviously doesn’t. But he’s only 28 and his side can make the argument he has championships in his future.