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07:29 AM ET 07.07 | At some point before the start of the coming season, perhaps in the next month or so, the Atlanta Falcons will make Matt Ryan the league's next $20 million-a-year quarterback. The move is hardly a risky one, given Ryan's emergence as the face of the club, his five-season track record, his leadership and endurance, and the fact he helped rescue a franchise that had become irrelevant even in its own city following the twin disasters of Michael Vick and Bobby Petrino. But that's not to say Ryan, who absorbed a career-worst 28 sacks in 2012, won't be at some potential risk.

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July 7, 2013  08:07 AM ET

$20+ mil per year seems to be the going rate for franchise QBs these days. Of course Atlanta could aways roll the dice like the Ravens did last season with Flacco. Paying a little more if Ryan wins the SB this year or a little less if he don't it will still cost Atlanta over $20 mil to extend/resign him.

July 7, 2013  09:13 AM ET

My favorite QB outside of P to the Mannning. Atlanta will be competitive for a long time with this leader.

July 7, 2013  09:24 AM ET

Can't win without a QB.

Atlanta has a real one.

July 7, 2013  09:37 AM ET

That kind of cash used to go to SB winners. It now seems to be the pay first win later scale. I can see the guys with rings going to 30M pretty soon.

July 7, 2013  09:39 AM ET

RG, Colin Kaepernick and a young Mr. Russell Wilson nod their heads at the new baseline.

July 7, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I can see the guys with rings going to 30M pretty soon.

NFL owners just felt a great disturbance in the Force...

July 7, 2013  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

NFL owners just felt a great disturbance in the Force...

All except for JJ

July 7, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Atlanta has no choice after Flacco's insane contract.

July 7, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Atlanta has no choice after Flacco's insane contract.

They could franchise tag him at around $14.9 million for two years. I doubt the will go that route because it messes up their cap those two years. A new contract, big signing bonus spread over the length of the contract will be what they do.

QBs are worth it. You pay them for what you believe they can do for you, not for what they did. Pay him or someone else will.

July 7, 2013  10:09 AM ET

That's a lot of money for a guy with one career postseason win.

July 7, 2013  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Can't win without a QB.

Atlanta has a real one.

Listen Otis people. He's an authority on this subject. Too bad JJ isn't.

July 7, 2013  10:11 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That's a lot of money for a guy with one career postseason win.

Romobux!

July 7, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

That's a lot of money for a guy with one career postseason win.

I agree. One postseason win usually gets you a six-year contract extension worth $108 million with $55 million guaranteed.

July 7, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

They could franchise tag him at around $14.9 million for two years. I doubt the will go that route because it messes up their cap those two years. A new contract, big signing bonus spread over the length of the contract will be what they do.QBs are worth it. You pay them for what you believe they can do for you, not for what they did. Pay him or someone else will.

Agreed. IMO there's too much talk about QBs ruining a team's salary cap. And I no don't buy it.

If every team in the league is budgeting big money at the same position, it kind of evens out anyway.

July 7, 2013  10:16 AM ET
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QBs are worth it. You pay them for what you believe they can do for you, not for what they did. Pay him or someone else will.

Then what do you pay the QB`s that actually win the big games?

July 7, 2013  10:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Agreed. IMO there's too much talk about QBs ruining a team's salary cap. And I no don't buy it.If every team in the league is budgeting big money at the same position, it kind of evens out anyway.

When teams with dirt-cheap garbage quarterbacks start consistently beating teams with high-paid elite quarterbacks... then I'll start to listen.

July 7, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Agreed. IMO there's too much talk about QBs ruining a team's salary cap. And I no don't buy it.If every team in the league is budgeting big money at the same position, it kind of evens out anyway.

You can play at a high level with a back up DT or RB or safety or LB and on and on. Try playing with out a high level QB. It all becomes nothing but a theory.

The superbowl win thing before I will pay you is silly. Dumb really. That thought process means the Colts would have dumped Peyton Manning before 2006 because he just wasn't worth it?

Brady isn't/ wasn't worth it because he has gone 7 years without a SB win?

Some guys are worth it. Every penney.

July 7, 2013  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Then what do you pay the QB`s that actually win the big games?

The going rate, if you think they can do it again. If you planned ahead, he is already signed in the future. If not. You can franchise tag him for two years. And go from there.

July 7, 2013  10:29 AM ET

Look! The WHOLE point to the rookie slotted money in the new CBA was so that money that used to go to the JaMarcus Russells of the world would go to the veterans who proved their worth. so do it.

Rookies are cheap and stay cheap labor for four years. Sometimes five. If you draft well and do not have to shell out big money if free agency every year, then paying your QB is not an issue.

 
July 7, 2013  10:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Look! The WHOLE point to the rookie slotted money in the new CBA was so that money that used to go to the JaMarcus Russells of the world would go to the veterans who proved their worth. so do it.

Rookies are cheap and stay cheap labor for four years. Sometimes five. If you draft well and do not have to shell out big money if free agency every year, then paying your QB is not an issue.

Absolutely, 50!

It always comes back to drafting well. The draft is the life blood of the league. Screw that up and the whole house of cards stays collapsed on the table.

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