Twitter reacts to Matt Ryan's massive contract extension

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With that said, Ryan's contract immediately puts him at the top of the class for National Football League players. In news that will resonate in Green Bay as much as it will in Atlanta, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan agreed to a five-year extension worth $30 million a season with $100 million guaranteed, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

"It's hard to believe it's been 10 years already", Ryan said in the release. With guys like Jimmy Garoppolo and Kirk Cousins raising the bar by which all franchise quarterbacks are measured in terms of salary, it was only a matter of time until Ryan pushed the bar even higher.

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Ryan was entering the final year of his contract, and the Falcons could not proceed with free agency moves until the deal was completed. It's not like the Falcons could afford to lose him. Before agreeing to the extension, Ryan's contract had been set to expire following the 2018 season. In his career, Ryan has a record of 95-63 as a starter with 41,796 passing yards, 260 touchdowns and 126 interceptions. The Falcons also won fewer games and couldn't get back to the Super Bowl, despite winning a road playoff game. Another oft-cited explanation is 2017 being the first season under new offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. That year he produced career and franchise numbers in nearly every statistical passing category including: passing yards (4,944), passing touchdowns (38), passer rating (117.1), and completion percentage (69.9).