Falcons owner: Ryan will be ‘compensated well’ for career year

Posted: 05/02/2017 in NFL, Sports
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The rich get richer.

Already among the top earners in the NFL, Matt Ryan is set for an even bigger payday after his MVP-like 2016 season.

Two days before Ryan plays in his first Super Bowl, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said his quarterback deserves a raise.

“He needs to be compensated well, certainly. And he will be,” Blank told Vaughn McClure of ESPN.

The 31-year-old earned the seventh-highest base salary in 2016, raking in $15.7 million. He has two years left on the five-year, $103.75-million contract he signed in 2013, but, from the sounds of it, he’ll be in Atlanta for the long haul.

“When Matt was being interviewed this week, somebody asked him, ‘What do you think about Tom Brady, his age, being 39 and will be 40 in August?’ and Matt said, ‘I’d like to play as long as Tom.’ That’s when I jumped off the sofa and started clicking my heels,” Blank said.

“We have a lot of young talent on both sides of the ball. But to have our quarterback in place for an extended period of time will be incredible news for Atlanta.”

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