Quarterback unfazed by length of contract discussion heading into 2013 season.
After contract talks were put on hold this week so the team could focus on the NFL Draft, Quarterback Matt Ryan remains calm over his future with the team.
Despite entering the final year of his rookie contract, the 27-year old understands the current circumstances, and is patient to wait to continue talks.
Speaking on NFL Total Access via NFL.com, Ryan confirmed that talks had already taken place, and there was no need to worry.
“I think both sides have spoken, but that’s down the line,” Ryan said.
“I think at this point, the things I can worry about, the things I can focus on, are trying to improve on the field, and letting the smart people, the guys who are in to that kind of stuff, handle that business off the field.
“I want to be here, I know that for sure. I think things will take care of themselves, and right now, it’s not something I’m too worried about.”
While it seems certain that Ryan will stay at Atlanta for at least another decade, it will be interesting see where his contract ranks amongst the other Quarterbacks who have recently signed new deals.
Joe Flacco currently tops the list after signing his six-year, $120.6m contract this off-season, but Ryan is projected to earn more than that, and probably over a larger time period too.
It seems that Ryan is committed to the team and it’s future as a constant Super Bowl contender, which is reassuring to the Falcons fans and management, but there is no doubt that the size of the deal will restrict the team’s ability to sign high calibre players as the wage gets higher with every year.