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Matt Ryan contract: Falcons want new deal before season starts

The Atlanta Falcons would like to lock Matt Ryan up with a new long-term contract before the start of the season.


The Atlanta Falcons would like to sign Matt Ryan to a new contract prior to the 2013 season, reports's Chris Wesseling. Ryan has one year left on his original deal and the Falcons want to lock him down before he becomes a free agent. On Thursday, general manager Thomas Dimitroff said (via Wesseling), "I'm hoping we can agree to something going into the season."

Ryan will likely receive a larger contract than Joe Flacco signed with the Ravens this offseason. Estimates for Ryan's new contract place it between $21 and $23 million per year. Flacco and Ryan both entered the NFL as first-round draft picks in 2008 and their careers are often compared to one another. Flacco has more postseason success, and now a Super Bowl, but Ryan has posted better regular season numbers throughout his career.

The Falcons began freeing up cap space to sign Ryan to a new deal on Thursday, when they released starting right tackle Tyson Clabo. Ryan is currently scheduled to make $10 million in 2013.

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