Matt Ryan Contract Extension Is Falcons' Top Priority, Thomas Dimitroff Says

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 18, 2018

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan runs off the field after their win against the Los Angeles Rams during an NFL football wild-card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Falcons won 26-13. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)
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With Matt Ryan entering the final year of his contract in 2018, the Atlanta Falcons hope to lock up their star quarterback this offseason. 

Per Kelsey Conway of the Falcons official site, general manager Thomas Dimitroff said re-signing Ryan is the team's top priority.   

The Falcons gave Ryan a five-year contract worth $103.8 million prior to the 2013 season. He has thrown for 22,839 yards, 133 touchdowns and completed 66.8 percent of his attempts since signing that extension. 

The 32-year-old is scheduled to make $19.3 million in base salary next season, per Spotrac. His $21.7 million cap hit ranks 10th among all NFL quarterbacks, per Over The Cap

Ryan became the first player in franchise history to be named NFL MVP in 2016, when he set career-highs in completion percentage (69.9), passing yards (4,944), touchdown passes (38) and quarterback rating (117.1). 

Since the Falcons drafted Ryan third overall in 2008, they have made six playoff appearances and won the NFC championship last year. 

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