SJ - March 21, 2022
Matt Ryan's time in Atlanta could come to an end today. The Falcons have reportedly been fielding trade calls for the veteran quarterback after the Falcons missed out on a trade for Deshaun Watson.
If Ryan is on the Falcons roster at 4 pm today he will earn a $7.5 million roster bonus. According to Ian Rapoport, if Ryan is still on the roster he might be getting some extra cash for all of the trade drama.
The bonus being due on Tuesday means that if Ryan is on the roster today at 4 p.m. ET, the Falcons will pay it.
So Atlanta's choices are to trade Ryan and take on a big dead-money cap hit, or he'll be back with the only club he's known in 14 years in the NFL.
Rapoport added that the Falcons could add a sweetener to Ryan's contract after he accommodated their dalliance with Watson. Adding more sweetness to a deal already counting $48.67 million against the salary cap in 2022 would be akin to dunking three Girl Scouts cookies into a vat of chocolate syrup. But given how professionally Ryan handled the past few weeks, he'd deserve a little added cash for his troubles.
Nothing like attempting to pull off a trade for another quarterback and then striking out. Ryan's going to need some flowers and a special date night if he isn't moved.