FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — Matt Ryan once again worked without his favorite target Wednesday on the second day of the Atlanta Falcons' "mandatory" mini-camp, yet the quarterback said he's not worried about wide receiver Julio Jones being absent and plans to work out with him soon. Jones appears to be seeking a contract adjustment to bump his pay grade up into the neighborhood of the NFL's top receivers. Multiple receivers have agreed to new contracts this offseason, leaving him ranked No. 7 at the position with a salary cap charge this season of $12.9 million. Ryan wasn't in the mood to talk about the situation after practice. "I understand that there's a business side to this sport, too, and I don't like to get involved in other people's business and I don't like speaking about my business," he said. "It's not my place to get into He's such a incredible player, such a talented player, and he's been working hard. He's in great shape, so I think he'll pick those new things up really … [Read more...] about Raise for Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones would be complicated
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During his three seasons at Alabama, Julio Jones led the Crimson Tide in receiving each year. During his three seasons at Alabama, Calvin Ridley led the Crimson Tide in receiving each year. One thing's for sure: One of them will not lead his team in receiving in 2018. That's because they're teammates now. The Atlanta Falcons selected Ridley with the 26th choice in 2018 NFL Draft to join Jones, their five-time Pro Bowler, in the wide-receiving corps. In 40 games at Alabama, Jones caught 179 passes for 2,653 yards -- an average of 14.8 yards per reception -- and 15 touchdowns. In 44 games at Alabama, Ridley caught 224 passes for 2,781 yards -- an average of 12.4 yards per reception -- and 19 touchdowns. Since joining the Falcons as the sixth player picked in the 2011 NFL Draft, Jones has caught 585 passes for 9,054 yards and 43 touchdowns. Jones owns one of the six 300-receiving-yards games in NFL history. With three games of at least 250 receiving yards, he's the only player … [Read more...] about Calvin Ridley says he’ll play better for Atlanta Falcons with Julio Jones watching
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’
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?
Sports NFL Matt Ryan will become the first player in the history of the NFL to earn $30 million per year after agreeing a five-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons. According to sources quoted by ESPN, the deal includes $100 million guaranteed, which is also a record for the league. The quarterback, who will turn 33 in two weeks, was in the final 12 months of a five-year deal worth $103.7 million that he penned in 2013 and Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff had previously hinted signing the 2016 MVP was the club’s main priority in the off-season. Quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia. Patrick Smith/Getty Images Recommended Slideshows 44 In Pictures: Every U.S. President Ranked From Best to Worst 51 50 Best-Selling Albums in U.S. History 48 Top 50 Video Games … [Read more...] about Matt Ryan Salary: Falcons QB Becomes NFL’s First $30m-a-year Player