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Apparently, no one in Flowery Branch is pressed about this?

Falcons GM 'not being kept up at night' by Matt Ryan extension talks

http://www.espn.com/blog/atlanta-falcons/post/_/id/32062/falcons-gm-not-losing-sleep-over-matt-ryan-extension-talks

Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff isn't losing sleep over attempting to reach a long-term contract extension with quarterback Matt Ryan.

Dimitroff said once again that things appear to be "close" as he continues discussions with Ryan's agent, Tom Condon. At the same time, no specific timetable has been given for completing the deal.

Dimitroff addressed the situation again Tuesday during a radio interview with Atlanta's 680 The Fan.

"We're not concerned about it; we're not being kept up at night," Dimitroff said of the contract talks. "It still is the No. 1 priority. ... We want to continue to build a team as we're going through this process."

The Falcons hope to get a new contract done soon with quarterback Matt Ryan.

Ryan's current salary-cap figure for 2018 is $21.65 million, a number which could have be lowered significantly had an extension already been agreed upon. Although that appeared to handcuff the Falcons at the start of free agency, all indications were the Falcons weren't going to be overly aggressive anyhow, focusing instead on extending their own players, such as nose tackle Grady Jarrett, left tackle Jake Matthews and free safety Ricardo Allen.

Dimitroff said signing Ryan, 32, to an extension still can be the top priority while taking care of other business on the side. The Falcons' free-agent signings include special-teams ace Justin Bethel, offensive guard Brandon Fusco and blocking tight end Logan Paulsen.

But Dimitroff said getting a deal done with Ryan is still the main focus and classified the talks as productive, just as he did during the NFL combine.

"As we're waiting to get Matt done and we're continuing to work -- and we're working well, again, with his representation, we have good, interactive discussions -- I'm not concerned about it. I'm not kept up at night about it. And it's a priority.

"It remains our primary focus this offseason, and we continue to get closer every day. It can be a lengthy process as you work through a major deal like this, but all of our conversations are productive and continue to move the process forward."

The Falcons are scheduled to begin the offseason program April 16. It will be interesting to see if Ryan is signed by then. Ryan has one year and $19.25 million left on his contract.

Owner Arthur Blank didn't say he would make Ryan the league's highest-paid player, but he did say the 2016 MVP would be in a range competitive to other quarterbacks. Minnesota's Kirk Cousins currently leads the way in terms of average per year at $28 million in a three-year contract. Cousins received $84 million guaranteed, while Detroit's Matthew Stafford received $92 million guaranteed in a five-year deal. Stafford also is represented by Condon. Jimmy Garoppolo will make $27.5 million in base salary in 2018.

 

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The only people pressed about this are media and fans, Falcons have said the same thing all along.

Yes, it's a priority,

no, there's no deadline.

Talks are going well,

hope to get it done soon.

not worried about it.

They have said some variation of those things every time they've been asked since the season ended, could be they're actually telling the truth.

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Just now, Mega Flare said:

Or they're consistent liars :lol:

Naah, the liars are the media misrepresenting what's been said to sell papers, to get clicks or get eyeballs on their site.  Falcons keep saying the same thing, also saying the same things they said last time Ryan got an extension.

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Just now, falconidae said:

Naah, the liars are the media misrepresenting what's been said to sell papers, to get clicks or get eyeballs on their site.  Falcons keep saying the same thing, also saying the same things they said last time Ryan got an extension.

Something feels different this time.

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2 hours ago, Mega Flare said:

Something feels different this time.

Nothing the Falcons has said gives that impression. The latest from TD:

“We continue to have ongoing dialogue with Matt’s representatives on a contract extension,” Dimitroff said. “It remains our primary focus this offseason, and we continue to get closer every day. It can be a lengthy process as you work through a major deal like this, but all of our conversations are productive and continue to move the process forward.”

That's GM speak, for "Chill, we got this"

There have been talk show hosts, reporters and commentators saying negative things, not one negative word has come from the falcons.

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3 hours ago, Mega Flare said:

Something feels different this time.

How? There has been nothing leaked at all about Ryan being unhappy, or the front office and his representation being on completely different sides. There has been nothing at all. If Ryan was unhappy or thought the team was lowballing him, something from somewhere would get out to the fans and media. 

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30 minutes ago, caponine said:

So ig now he wants to be paid like brady is, peyton was and rodgers is. Smh he is not in that category at all. 25 mill a year please

He's going to be paid the going rate for a top quality QB in the NFL, somewhere between 28-30 mil.He just is. That will be the same percentage of the cap as his 20 mil a year deal, because the cap has gone up. He's a year removed from an MVP campaign, he's 2 years away from being top 10 all time in passing yards and passing TDs, he's the best chance the falcons have for winning it all next 3 years.

Thinking he's some trash QB that can easily be replaced or that he's not going to get paid is just delusional.

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11 minutes ago, falconidae said:

He's going to be paid the going rate for a top quality QB in the NFL, somewhere between 28-30 mil.He just is. That will be the same percentage of the cap as his 20 mil a year deal, because the cap has gone up. He's a year removed from an MVP campaign, he's 2 years away from being top 10 all time in passing yards and passing TDs, he's the best chance the falcons have for winning it all next 3 years.

Thinking he's some trash QB that can easily be replaced or that he's not going to get paid is just delusional.

i didnt say that but thats 150 million for. a QB that has not won a SB yet. 

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10 minutes ago, caponine said:

i didnt say that but thats 150 million for. a QB that has not won a SB yet. 

You said 25 mil a year, which is delusional. I'd be really happy if he'd take that, he's not going to. And that's just the going rate for a really good QB. And it will be the same percentage of the cap as his last deal. The cap was 120 mil when he signed his 20 mil a year deal, it was 155 mil when he hit 20 mil in that deal. It's 177 mil now, it'll be up to 215 mil by the time his cap his is 30 mil.

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