Twitter reacts to Matt Ryan's five-year $30 million per year extension

Falcons reportedly make Matt Ryan highest-paid player in NFL history

Matt Ryan, Falcons Agree To Record-Setting New Contract

Matt Ryan is the NFL's first $30 million-per-year player after agreeing to a five-year, $150 million contract extension with the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday.

The move comes after Kirk Cousins landed a fully guaranteed three-year, $84 million contract from the Vikings during the offseason.

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If Ryan receives the full terms of the contract, he would receive an average of $30 million a year, also more than Cousin's $28 million yearly payout. And now, it reportedly belongs to Atlanta Falcons quarterback and former NFL MVP Matt Ryan. He led the Falcons to the Super Bowl two seasons ago. A few years from now, that deal could carry a cap-hit that might start at $35-$40 million per season. Clearly, the Falcons saw it as extremely important they prove to Ryan how important he is to them. No quarterback in history has passed for more yards over his first 10 seasons. "Matt has guided us to a decade of success that is unmatched in franchise history, but we all know there is more to be accomplished, and we are confident we can get that done with Matt". As a matter of fact, the Falcons franchise quarterback actually predicted in mid-April that something would get done in the coming weeks.

Ryan is now seventh among all active quarterbacks in career passing yards and eighth in passing touchdowns.

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Ryan's contract proves the 49ers might have benefitted from getting the contract done early, rather than next season when the quarterback market could have an entirely different look - with Garoppolo commanding significantly more cash.

In 2012, Ryan joined NFC South rival Drew Brees to become the only quarterbacks in National Football League history to attempt 600-plus passes and complete more than 68 percent of them in a single season. Ryan's new deal will keep him with the Falcons through 2023.

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Ryan is the owner of 20 franchise records, including career passing yards (41,796), career pass attempts (5,593), career completions (3,630), career touchdowns (260), career passer rating (93.4), career completion percentage (64.9), and career 300-yard games (45).

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