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07:02 AM ET 07.08 | Step right up, Matt Ryan. At some point before the start of the coming season, perhaps in the next month or so, the Atlanta Falcons will make [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. ... But that's not to say Ryan, who absorbed a career-worst 28 sacks in 2012, won't be at some potential risk. ... [The] offensive line is definitely in flux. Assistant coach Pat Hill, in his second season with the team, will have to cobble together a group from a lot of guys who haven't played much before.

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July 8, 2013  07:16 AM ET

Wow, two days in a row...and with portions of exact wording as well. Awesome...

July 8, 2013  07:26 AM ET
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Wow, two days in a row...and with portions of exact wording as well. Awesome...

Par for the course anymore.

July 8, 2013  07:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow, two days in a row...and with portions of exact wording as well. Awesome...

I think your name and your avatar sum up how the interns do their job around here.

July 8, 2013  07:55 AM ET

The Fourth of July is over, but we still have Patriotism. ------>

God Bless America.

July 8, 2013  08:06 AM ET

Ryan's record in playoff games does not justify an "elite" salary. If the Saints return to form, this team might not make the playoffs.

July 8, 2013  08:25 AM ET
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I think your name and your avatar sum up how the interns do their job around here.

That's pretty much what I was going for.

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July 8, 2013  08:35 AM ET

The next NFL team to win a Super Bowl with a QB making $20 million per season will be the first. The path to winning in the NFL is not tying up a sixth of your salary cap in one player.

July 8, 2013  08:36 AM ET

Could have sworn I saw this last night but that would be impossible...

July 8, 2013  08:59 AM ET
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The next NFL team to win a Super Bowl with a QB making $20 million per season will be the first. The path to winning in the NFL is not tying up a sixth of your salary cap in one player.

The last team to win a SB without a top flight QB was the Ravens in 2000. They never smelled the big game again until last year. Despite strong teams and excellent personnel at a lot of places EXCEPT QB. That theory got Brian Billick fired.

Ya want a excellent QB? Then ya gotta pay the going rate. If you don't, someone else will. Ya can't have it both ways. Not after that rookie contract is up. Take your pick. A nice ride or the brass ring.

July 8, 2013  09:24 AM ET

No QB should get a $20 million contract without actually having won the Super Bowl.

July 8, 2013  09:26 AM ET

Atlanta has no option but to pay the man, hopefully for them, they are stronger than last year!

July 8, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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No QB should get a $20 million contract without actually having won the Super Bowl.

Ya don't pay a guy for what he did, ya pay him for what you believe he can do for you, or when the time comes the next team will and you can start over.

July 8, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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The last team to win a SB without a top flight QB was the Ravens in 2000.

No. Brad Johnson with the Bucs, 2002.

July 8, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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Ya don't pay a guy for what he did, ya pay him for what you believe he can do for you, or when the time comes the next team will and you can start over.

You do pay a guy for what he did - because it's a leading indicator of what he might be able to do again - but not always.

July 8, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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No. Brad Johnson with the Bucs, 2002.

Good call. Forgot about him. One and done does happen.

July 8, 2013  10:13 AM ET
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You do pay a guy for what he did - because it's a leading indicator of what he might be able to do again - but not always.

And that is why Ryan will get that kind of money. His record says he is pointed in that direction. If ya wait around too long, you lose him. Not a smart move. That cap is going up 4%-7% a year starting next year. Apply the until you win a superbowl I am not paying you top money to the rest of your team and you have one awful team forever.

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July 8, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Worth every penny.

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