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Matt Ryan traded to Colts from Falcons

Matt Ryan at the Super Bowl

The Atlanta Falcons were unable to convince Deshaun Watson to join them last week, but they are still going to have a new starting quarterback in 2022.

Matt Ryan has been traded from the Falcons to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a third-round draft pick, according to multiple reports.

Ryan will be Indy’s third different starting quarterback in three seasons. They quickly moved on from Carson Wentz after his lone season with the team, recently trading him to the Washington Commanders.

While Ryan will turn 37 before the start of next season, he should be a significant upgrade over Wentz. Ryan threw for 3,968 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last year.

The Falcons may already have a replacement in mind for Wentz:

Photo: Jan 31, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan answers questions during a press conference at Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Ryan on verge of being traded to AFC team?

Matt Ryan on the sideline

The Atlanta Falcons did not emerge victorious in the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes, but they may be hitting the reset button at the quarterback position anyway.

The Falcons have been in discussions with the Indianapolis Colts about a Matt Ryan trade, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. Mike Garafolo adds that many around the NFL would be surprised if Ryan is not traded to Indy.

Ryan is owed a $7.5 million roster bonus at 4 p.m. EST on Monday. He was originally supposed to be paid that money last week, but both he and the Falcons agreed to push the deadline back while the Watson situation played out. Ryan is set to count more than $48 million against the salary cap next season, and the plan for the Falcons was always to lower that number. Now, they either need to sign him to a new contract or trade him.

The Colts recently traded Carson Wentz to the Washington Commanders, so they are in the market for a quarterback. We know one other veteran QB who might want to be traded to them, but they seem to have a clear preference for Ryan.

Photo: Jan 2, 2022; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) leaves the field after a game against the Buffalo Bills at Highmark Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Ryan could return to Falcons under 1 condition

Matt Ryan at the Super Bowl

The Atlanta Falcons knew they would run the risk of damaging their relationship with Matt Ryan if they pursued Deshaun Watson, and they may have to fork over some extra cash to make things right.

Ryan is due a $7.5 million roster bonus on Monday afternoon. The deadline for the Falcons to pay that was pushed back while they tried to work out a trade for Watson. Now that Watson has gone to the Cleveland Browns, it sounds like Atlanta has two options — trade Ryan or pay him more.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Falcons have fielded calls from teams that have interest in trading for Ryan. They are also contemplating signing Ryan to a new contract, which they were doing before the Watson sweepstakes heated up.

Ryan has two years remaining on his contract. His cap hit for 2022 is currently more than $48 million, and the Falcons always planned to lower that number. The question now is whether they will have to pay more to do so in order to make things less awkward.

The Falcons have had four straight losing seasons, so they might decide to move on from their soon-to-be 37-year-old quarterback rather than committing more money to him. If they do trade Ryan, one AFC team has been mentioned as a potential suitor.

Photo: Jan 31, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan answers questions during a press conference at Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Matt Ryan wants big new contract from Falcons

Matt Ryan at the Super Bowl

The Atlanta Falcons publicly flirted with another quarterback, and now it’s time to kiss and make up with Matt Ryan. He may want a new contract from them as an apology.

Longtime Houston radio host Lance Zierlein, who also serves as an NFL Draft scout for NFL Media, was talking on Twitter Saturday about some of the quarterbacks on the trade block. Zierlein noted that quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Jimmy Garoppolo and Matt Ryan could be traded and all want new deals.

A fan responded to tell Zierlein that Ryan was on a reasonable contract. That’s when the radio host shared that he has heard Ryan wants a new 3-year deal.

Ryan converted some of his salary into a bonus to help the Falcons with the salary cap. He is taking home $23.75 million in 2022 and $28 million for 2023.

But now that Atlanta missed out on Deshaun Watson, Ryan may try to make the Falcons pay. Atlanta has had four straight losing seasons and doesn’t appear to be in any better shape for next season.

Photo: Jan 31, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan answers questions during a press conference at Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Falcons reportedly have new strategy with Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan at the Super Bowl

The Atlanta Falcons staged a full-court press to sell quarterback Deshaun Watson on joining their organization, but came up short. Watson was ultimately traded to the Cleveland Browns, leaving Atlanta to repair their now-damaged relationship with Matt Ryan.

For Ryan, the message was clear as day: The Falcons are beginning to look for alternative options.

The clock, as they say, is ticking.

Left emptyhanded, Atlanta now finds itself in an undesirable position. They’ve isolated their franchise quarterback and all-time leading passer, and are desperate to repair that relationship. Why? Because they’re now out of options after going all-in and losing on the river.

The 36-year-old Ryan still has two years remaining on a five-year, $150 million extension that was signed in 2015. He will account for a cap hit of $48.66 million in 2022 and $43.61 million in 2023.

Those are big numbers for an aging quarterback who is now likely upset with the organization. And while the Falcons will aim to smooth things over, don’t be surprised if Ryan seeks a trade to, say, the Indianapolis Colts or Seattle Seahawks.

No one likes being a second thought while in a committed relationship.

Photo: Jan 31, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan answers questions during a press conference at Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Seahawks have expressed trade interest in 2 veteran QBs

Pete Carroll coaches the Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks acquired Drew Lock as part of their trade that sent Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, but they are still in the market for a quarterback.

USA Today’s Josina Anderson reported on Friday that the Seahawks are exploring ways to add an experienced veteran starting quarterback. They have reached out to the Cleveland Browns about Baker Mayfield and Atlanta Falcons about Matt Ryan.

The Seahawks are likely waiting to see what happens with Deshaun Watson. The three-time Pro Bowler is said to be deciding between the Falcons and New Orleans Saints, though it sounds like Atlanta is the favorite. Ryan was due a roster bonus on Friday, but he and the Falcons agreed to extend the deadline to next Tuesday. It’s possible Atlanta already has a deal in place for Watson and is trying to find a new team for Ryan before finalizing anything.

If the Falcons do trade Ryan, he may have a different team in mind that the Seahawks.

Mayfield confirmed on Thursday that he wants out of Cleveland. The Browns pursued trades for Watson, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson this offseason. They claim they are committed to Mayfield for 2022 after missing out on the trio of stars, but Mayfield wants to move on.

NFL teams are playing a game of musical quarterbacks this offseason, and it may be a while before the game ends.

Photo: Dec 21, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts against the Los Angeles Rams in the second half at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Seahawks 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

AFC team the favorite to land Matt Ryan?

Matt Ryan at the Super Bowl

The Atlanta Falcons appear to have a very real shot at landing Deshaun Watson, and Matt Ryan will obviously be playing elsewhere next season if that happens. While Watson has not made a decision yet, an AFC team has already emerged as the most likely suitor for Ryan.

During a late-night appearance on ESPN Thursday, Adam Schefter said the Indianapolis Colts would “make some sense” for Ryan if the Falcons acquire Watson. Atlanta originally owed Ryan a roster bonus on Friday, but Schefter reports that the two sides have agreed to extend that deadline until Tuesday so that Ryan can “vet his trade options.”

The last part is the most noteworthy. Watson is said to be deciding between the Falcons and New Orleans Saints, but many believe he has already decided. It is possible — if not likely — that the Houston Texans and Falcons have agreed to a trade and Watson has signed off on it. Atlanta may prefer to find a new home for Ryan before announcing anything. The Falcons could also send some assets they receive in a Ryan trade to Houston as part of the Watson package.

There are still a lot of moving parts, but Colts reporter Stephen Holder agrees that Indy is a logical landing spot for Ryan.

The Cleveland Browns are another team that could make a play for Ryan. Baker Mayfield publicly requested a trade on Thursday, and one report claimed he has interest in playing for the Colts.

Several quarterbacks have changed teams this offseason, and the shuffling appears far from over.

Photo: Jan 31, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan answers questions during a press conference at Westin Houston Memorial City Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Ryan could reportedly draw trade interest from 2 teams

Matt Ryan

The Atlanta Falcons have entered the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes, and there appears to be mutual interest between them and the star quarterback. Should a deal come together, the Falcons would then have to figure out what to do with Matt Ryan. There may be a couple of QB-needy teams monitoring the situation.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Tuesday that the Falcons are serious about trying to land Watson. If their pitch is successful, Schefter envisions two teams expressing interest in a potential Ryan trade — the Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.

The Seahawks traded Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos. They are among the teams that have been linked to Watson, but the three-time Pro Bowler has reportedly turned them down. Watson has a no-trade clause, so the Houston Texans are working with him to find a new team.

Indianapolis traded Carson Wentz and is once again searching for a QB. Ryan could be the same type of short-term solution that they had with Philip Rivers two years ago. The Colts were said to be interested in another veteran quarterback, but it doesn’t sound like anything will come of that.

The Falcons recently agreed to a restructured contract with Ryan, but Schefter noted on Tuesday that the deal still has not been signed. That could eliminate one potential obstacle in Atlanta’s pursuit of Watson.

Photo: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Ryan on track to make troubling history with Falcons contract

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan is in line to set a record in 2022, and it is one the Atlanta Falcons are almost certainly going to attempt to prevent.

Ryan is under contract in Atlanta for two more seasons. The Falcons appear to be committed to the 36-year-old as their starting quarterback for the time being, but at what cost? According to ESPN’s Field Yates, Ryan’s current salary cap hit of just under $49 million for 2022 would be the highest cap hit in NFL history.

That, obviously, is a problem for the Falcons. They are currently more than $6 million over the salary cap, according to the latest numbers from Spotrac. Lowering Ryan’s cap hit would help alleviate some of that financial stress, but it may simply kick the problem further down the road.

If the Falcons sign Ryan to an extension by adding void years to his deal, that could lower his cap hit significantly over the next year or two. Absent Ryan taking a pay cut, they’d still have to deal with the consequences at some point.

Ryan’s numbers were down last season. The former NFL MVP threw for 3,968 yards, 20 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while leading the Falcons to a 7-10 record. There was talk of the Falcons drafting a quarterback early last year, but that did not happen. While they’d likely be open to trading Ryan this offseason, the veteran’s contract will make that quite difficult.

Photo: Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports

Video: Matt Ryan cost Falcons dearly with stupid taunting mistake

Matt Ryan taunting

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was the victim of bad luck and then a bad decision during Sunday’s game in Buffalo.

Ryan was trying to engineer a comeback late in the fourth quarter against the Bills with the Falcons down 29-15. On 2nd and goal at the 7-yard line, Ryan kept the ball and made a run at the end zone. He appeared to make it, prompting the referees to signal touchdown, and Ryan responded by blatantly taunting Bills safety Jordan Poyer.

Ryan taunting Poyer is pretty inexplicable, not just because the Falcons were losing. Ryan should know the league’s emphasis on taunting was going to get him flagged every time.

It gets worse, though. The play was reviewed, and it was ruled that Ryan’s knee was down short of the end zone. That would have set up third and goal at the 1-yard line, but Ryan’s taunting penalty was still enforced, backing Atlanta up another 15 yards. The Falcons instead had to contend with 3rd and goal from the 16, and they failed to score and wound up turning the ball over on downs.

On one hand, there is an argument that taunting is being enforced far too strictly. On the other, Ryan has been watching that happen all year. He thought he’d scored, so maybe he didn’t care about the penalty, but this is a lesson that this should not matter.