Falcons Sign M. Ryan

ATLANTA--The Atlanta Falcons have announced that they've signed Matt Ryan, the quarterback from Boston College taken with the third overall selection in the NFL draft, to a six-year contract.

A source said the deal is worth $72 million, including $34.75 million in guaranteed money.

By Mark Maske |  May 20, 2008; 5:45 PM ET  | Category:  Falcons
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This is nuts. Even as a BC guy I can't think this is a good idea for the the NFL, the Falcons, or even Ryan. He may have some pretty po'd veteran teammates to deal with with him eating up 10% or so of the cap.

I noted that Kevin Mawae and other union reps have said that it's crazy for rookies with no NFL snaps to be making what Brady and Peyton Manning make with MVP awards and super bowl rings.

I hope that the players' union and owners come together in the new union agreement and set up some sort of salary scale for rookies like that of NBA lottery picks. It's going to be hard for a crappy team like the Falcons to improve when they guarantee so much to someone who may not work out for them. When I see Ryan I am reminded of Chad Pennington, a solid pro but not someone who's going to carry a team.

Posted by: Pats Fan | May 22, 2008 8:49 AM

He needs the xtra coin to buy all the guys a dog or three. Mikie ain't around any mo

Posted by: NOT a Pats Fan | May 22, 2008 1:49 PM

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