Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan signed the richest contract in NFL history on Friday -- a five-year, $150 million extension. And the QB gave credit to the state of Alabama for it, too. Ryan has started all but two Falcons' games since the 2008 season, and in all but one of his 10 years as Atlanta's quarterback, he's had a Pro Bowl wide receiver with Alabama football roots. "That state's been good to me," Ryan said. FOR MORE OF AL.COM'S COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE NFL, GO TO OUR NFL PAGE In his first five NFL seasons, Ryan had a 1,000-yard receiver each year in former UAB standout Roddy White, who is Atlanta's career leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. In his first four seasons with Ryan throwing him the football, White earned four Pro Bowl invitations and one first-team All-Pro selection. Since 2012, former Foley High School and Alabama standout Julio Jones has reached 1,000 receiving yards and earned a Pro Bowl invitation annually, except for … [Read more...] about Atlanta Falcons’ Matt Ryan: ‘I’m an honorary Alabama quarterback now’
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The Atlanta Falcons made franchise quarterback Matt Ryan the highest paid quarterback in the league, giving him a five-year contract extension that includes $100 million guaranteed. Ryan becomes the first NFL player to be making $30 million a year, and it's not hard to see why considering his production and accolades. Still, with a 4-6 record in the playoffs and no Super Bowls, many feel that he was overpaid. What do you think? PERSPECTIVES Ryan has been an elite quarterback in the NFL since 2010. He's led the Falcons to six playoff appearances, won two AP Offensive Player of the Year awards and an NFL MVP. He has done nothing but produce for Atlanta since he was drafted in 2008. And if Matthew Stafford and Jimmy Garoppolo can be the highest paid quarterbacks without winning a playoff game, Ryan has earned that money. He is worth every penny. Matt Ryan: Five More Years Ryan has been a good quarterback in the NFL, but to say he deserves to be the highest paid player in the … [Read more...] about Is Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan worth the $100 million guaranteed?
Calvin Ridley will be reunited with Steve Sarkisian. The 6-foot-1, 189-pound receiver was selected by Atlanta with the 26th pick of the first round during the NFL Draft on Thursday. Sarkisian, the Falcons' offensive coordinator, served in that same role for Alabama during the 2017 national championship game loss to Clemson. With Sarkisian calling plays and former Alabama star wideout Julio Jones working alongside him in a dome -- Mercedes-Benz Stadium -- where he played his last game with the Crimson Tide, Ridley should feel at home. Ridley was the second wideout taken in the first round after Maryland's D.J. Moore was selected by Carolina two picks before the Alabama receiver went off the board. Calvin Ridley Position: WR Team: Atlanta Falcons Pick 26; Round 1 Overview: One of the most accomplished receivers to hit the Capstone, Ridley led Alabama in catches each of the three seasons he played for the Crimson Tide. A technician as a route … [Read more...] about Ex-Alabama WR Calvin Ridley taken by Atlanta Falcons in NFL Draft
The Eagles will open the NFL season on Sept. 6 at home against the Atlanta Falcons, host the Minnesota Vikings in a rematch of the NFC championship game on Oct. 7, travel to London to play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Oct. 28, and play back-to-back road games against the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams in December. Those are highlights of the Eagles’ 2018 schedule, which was released on Thursday night. The Eagles play five primetime games, including the season opener and the Rams game on Dec. 16. They also have a Thursday night game at the New York Giants on Oct. 11, a Sunday night game at home against the Dallas Cowboys one month later, and a Monday Night Football matchup with the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 3. The Falcons game kicks off the entire NFL schedule, which is customary for the Super Bowl champions. The Eagles have three extra days to prepare for a Week 2 visit to Tampa Bay before returning home in Week 3 against the Indianapolis … [Read more...] about 2018 Eagles schedule: Super Bowl champions host Atlanta Falcons in NFL season opener, Vikings on Oct. 7
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank busted some celebratory moves after his team’s big win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC championship game. Now, the Falcons are charging toward the Super Bowl, and if they win, you can bet Blank will be dancing again. The team has never won a Super Bowl and only had one other appearance, in 1999. So Blank is making sure his employees won’t miss it. He’s flying more than 500 Falcons team associates to watch the game in Houston, where the team will take on the New England Patriots. “All of our businesses live by a set of core values and culture. There are so many people that support the Atlanta Falcons, beyond on the field, the players and coaches, and we want to recognize that,” Blank told “CBS This Morning” Wednesday. When the season started, football experts doubted the Falcons had a chance at snagging the Lombardi Trophy – but not Blank. “Well we always had a chance. I’d say … [Read more...] about Atlanta Falcons owner on team’s return to the Super Bowl